Blueberry-Ginger Simple Syrup
(Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens’ recipe for Blackberry-Ginger Simple Syrup since we had blueberries in the fridge).
With a tree full of lemons, there is no more-refreshing drink than lemonade in the summer. Or is there? You can easily make some simple syrups to add zest and color! Yesterday, we made Blueberry-Ginger, but think about strawberries! Oh, yum.
As soon as I asked my 8-year-old to juice some lemons, she asked, “Are we going to have a lemonade stand?” Let me tell you, we’d probably sell a lot of this variety.
Here’s the recipe:
In a small saucepan, combine 1 ½ cups water, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup berries and 1 tablespoon ginger (I diced, but not finely). Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and to slightly mash berries; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Let cool; strain. Store in fridge up to one month.
For the drink, we juiced fresh Meyer lemons (it’s our tree, so sweeter than regular …).
Mixed ½ cup of lemon juice with ½ cup of syrup, filled the rest of our pitcher with cold water.
The BH&G recipe mixed it with ice tea, so its suggestions are the syrup, 4 cups of ice tea, 1 ½ cups of soda water, ½ cup of lemon juice.
What other mix-ins do you put in with lemonade?
And now that I think about it, in my upcoming release “Claiming the She-Wolf,” Tala makes Yas a