One of my goals this summer has been to eliminate processed food and chemicals from our lives where feasible. I’m a creature of habit, comfort, and convenience, and I love things that are EASY! If I want lemonade, I typically will reach for frozen concentrate or powdered mix. But homemade lemonade tastes a thousand times better and really isn’t a big deal to make–especially since my boys have a strange affinity for juicing lemons! Here is my easy recipe for homemade blueberry mint lemonade. If you decide to add a splash of vodka to yours, you will receive no judgment from me!
The secret to making any amazing-tasting homemade lemonade recipe is simple syrup! If you just dump sugar into cold water it won’t dissolve well and you’ll end up with grainy lemonade. Simple syrup takes minutes to make—it’s called simple for a reason! All you do is heat up sugar and water in a pan and stir. The “hardest” part of making homemade lemonade is squeezing the lemons. Put the kids on this task and it will keep them busy and they might just enjoy it!
Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (strained)
- 3 1/2 cups water
- Fresh mint and blueberries to garnish
- Heat water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved to create simple syrup. Remove from heat.
- Squeeze 5-6 lemons to obtain 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. Run through strainer to remove pulp if desired. I detest pulp so this is a must in my book!
- Add simple syrup, juice, and water to pitcher with ice, fresh mint and blueberries and enjoy!
Upon tasting my lemonade, this little guy said, “Oh wow, this is the best lemonade I have ever tasted in my whole entire life!” Granted, he is only 8 years old with limited lemonade-tasting experience. We also are mean parents and limit sugar of all kinds, so this was an extra special treat! BUT, I have to agree with him! This lemonade is the bomb. The mint is very subtle unless you muddle it in your glass, and the blueberries are a fun treat to fish out and eat at the end of your drink.
My mint comes from my garden and holy smokes mint is invasive! Be forewarned if you choose to plant it. We live in the city so my “garden” is a teeny tiny square plot that is currently overrun with mint. I love fresh mint though, so we are making good use of it! Mojitos anyone?
Please feel free to pin this recipe and share it with your friends! This recipe also makes a great “adult beverage” for the 21 and up crowd with the addition of some vodka–great for summer cookouts!