Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Recipe: Blueberry-Ginger Simple Syrup

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
wicked glass of lemonade. Hmmm … maybe I should have added blueberries.
Louisa Bacio

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