Nothing says summer like a pitcher of fresh homemade lemonade. Adding blueberries makes it even better. A splash of vodka makes it perfect!
I like the fizz and tickle of club soda but it’ll be just fine with water instead. Adjust the amounts to suit your taste because there’s really no way to go wrong here. I enjoyed it with vodka but a friend said it was just fine with rum. The kids liked the virgin version. Your choice!
Simple Syrup is a good way to sweeten sangria, mojitos, iced tea, lemonade, etc. The sugar is already dissolved so there’s no stirring and stirring and stirring trying to get it all mixed. I make up a bunch and store it in the fridge. Put 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan then add 1 1/2 cups water. Don’t stir. Heat over medium-high heat, without stirring, until it comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved. Don’t let it cook too long or it’ll turn brown and you’ll have caramel! Remove from heat, let it cool a bit and pour into a glass jar. It keeps for a good long time in the fridge.
- Lemons, 10 or 12, for about a cup of juice
- Blueberries, 3/4 cup plus more for garnish
- Simple Syrup, 1/2 cup or so
- Club Soda
- Vodka (optional)
Juice the lemons but save one aside for garnish.
Whirl the berries in the food processor or blender until they’re pureed.
Combine the lemon juice, berries and simple syrup in a 2-quart pitcher. No simple syrup? Just add sugar to taste.
Add ice and fill the pitcher with club soda.
Pour over ice, with a shot of vodka if you like. Float a few berries on top and add a lemon slice. Enjoy!