I ran across a drink recipe that I knew would be perfect for the 4th of July, so we grabbed the necessary ingredients while we were in-between drivers ed classes.
I say we because teaching someone to drive is a family ordeal.
The 15yearold and I started yesterday morning, simmering the blueberries, oh so carefully. Slowly straining over and over, staining a couple of shirts in the process, but it was ok, it smelled divine. We followed the directions to a T, bottled up the sweet blueberry syrup that we carefully made, put it in the frig and cleaned up…..patiently waiting for it to cool, like it said to.
Off to drivers ed we go, so excited to get home and mix up the limes with it, after it cooled of course.
We arrive home, and husband greets us with cup in hand, asks how the class went, and then turns and says “That blueberry stuff you had in the frig was pretty good, think it needs something. I remembered you saying something about a blueberry drink, so I poured most of it back in the pitcher. Mixed the rest with some tea. Now that was good.”
So if you make this for your 4th of July party, or any other event, do not tell ANYONE until it is finished. Or you may have to start over, or have a new recipe, or a lime limeade and not blueberry limeade.
I could go on and on people.
- 1 Pint Blueberries, Divided
- 1¼ Cups Sugar
- 1¼ Cups Water
- 8-10 Large Limes, juiced (plus a few more for garnish)
- Vodka or Tequila (if wanted), 1 to 2oz per serving
- Or you can use club side or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic drink
- Reserve about ½ cup of blueberries and place remaing berries in a medium saucepan. Using a fork, smash berries.
- Add in sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer till it becomes a deep purple, about 5-10 minutes.
- Strain mixture into a container with lid and refrigerate till cold.
- Before serving, juice the limes and mix in a pitcher with the blueberry syrup.
- Add liquor or sparkling water, reserved blueberries and sliced limes.
- Serve over ice.