My Blueberry Lemonade requires just four ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare, and that’s if you count water as an ingredient. The signature drink of summer gets an upgrade thanks to my delicious shortcut!
If you had to think of a signature drink of summer, what would it be? For me, I’d immediately respond lemonade! Sure, you can drink lemonade year round but during the dog days of summer, it’s at it’s most thirst quenching. I can’t be controlled when around lemonade, I seem to drink glass after glass. Especially when I’m at a restaurant and they have those amazing flavored lemonades. You know the ones. The no free refill kind where you’re paying $3/glass and before you know it you could’ve bought a grove of lemon trees for the same amount of money you just spent on lemonade. Please tell me I’m not alone!
But not this summer! No sir! I’ve figured out a way to make an incredible flavored lemonade in record time thanks to a delicious shortcut. My Blueberry Lemonade requires just four ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare, and that’s if you count water as an ingredient. So technically it’s three ingredients and 15 minutes. Look, I just made it even easier!
My recipe begins with a simple syrup – keyword is simple! – that is sugar dissolved in water. Then it’s time for the secret shortcut. Instead of blueberries, I used a jar of Robert Rothschild Farm’s Wild Maine Blueberry Preserves! Something I can always have on hand in the pantry which eliminates the need to have an abundant supply of blueberries at the ready. The preserves are then whisked into the simple syrup and allowed to cool before being added to more water and fresh lemon juice. That’s it! All that’s left is grabbing a glass, some ice and sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labor. No pun intended.
I can’t even tell you how fast this lemonade disappeared at our house. And I even doubled the recipe! As a special weekend treat I put the lemonade in one of those large jars with a spigot and sat it on the kitchen counter. I then watched it disappear in practically the same amount of minutes as it took me to prepare it. My 3 year old son was completely enamored and repeatedly begged for more. You know, the same son that doesn’t even like blueberries.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 10.5 ounce jar Robert Rothschild Farm Wild Maine Blueberry Preserves
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- blueberries and lemon wedges, to garnish (optional)
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup water and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Lower heat to low and whisk in blueberry preserves until combined.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- In a large pitcher, stir together 2 quarts water and lemon juice. Stir in 1 cup blueberry simple syrup.
- Sever over ice with fresh blueberries and lemon wedges to garnish.
Please note that the preserves used in this recipe have been discontinued. Substitute your favorite preserves instead for a one of a kind flavor.
Have a barbecue or get together with friends scheduled during these lazy summer days? Offer to bring the beverage! My Blueberry Lemonade will not only earn you rave reviews, but will keep your time in the kitchen to a minimum.
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I was compensated by Robert Rothschild Farm to create a recipe featuring their product. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this sponsor that allows me the opportunity to create content, such as this, for Melanie Makes.