Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade is a refreshing twist on lemonade. The blueberries give it a little different flavor and the seltzer water gives it a little pep.
Jamie and I went to the Everything Food Conference at the beginning of May. It is a conference for food bloggers. We had a great time. I had such a great time that I drank sodas. I haven’t had a soda in 2.5 years. The first one was good. The second was ok, and the third was yuck.
In the last 2.5 years, I have only drank iced tea, hot tea, hot chocolate coffee, water, and lemonade. Let me tell you those get old after a while. So I’ve tried to mix it up and flavor the things I can. I have infused water, added syrups to my coffee, added fruit juices (lemon & lime) to my iced tea and added flavors to the lemonade.
I wanted to get fancy with my lemonade so I tried sparkling lemonade. It is a fun way to mix up lemonade. But then I wanted to get even fancier. Let’s add fruit to it!
Let’s talk for a minute about sparkling water. You may be like me and don’t know the difference in the different types of bubbly water. There is club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling water.
Club Soda is carbonated water that has sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium sulfate, to enhance the flavor. It has quite a bit of sodium. So be careful to not over do it.
Seltzer water is a sparkling water that has been made bubbly by adding carbon dioxide. It is made bubbly artificially.
Sparkling water most often is bubbly naturally. It also usually has minerals in it and sometimes is called sparkling mineral water. Sparkling water is generally drank by itself. The flavor of the minerals can interfere with other flavors of drinks.
Here in South East Idaho, we have a natural sparkling mineral water source. In fittingly called Soda Springs, there is the only capped geyser in the word. The naturally carbonated water causes the water to shoot into the air. The sparkling water was discovered when a man drilled looking for a hot spring for a swimming pool. He instead created a geyser from the pressurized water. You can get free sparkling water in Soda Springs city park.
Now on to the Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade. I am using seltzer water to make this lemonade bubbly. When making drinks that are carbonated naturally or not, you want to add the carbonated water just before serving so your drink isn’t flat.
I chose blueberries because they are The Hardworking Husband’s favorite fruit. Although, really he just likes blueberry pie. But I’m thinking he’ll like this lemonade as well.
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- seltzer water
In a medium sauce pan, combine blueberries, sugar and water. Heat on medium. Smash blueberries and dissolve sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes to make blueberry syrup.
Strain blueberries syrup through fine sieve. Place in a small bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
Once blueberry syrup is chilled, add syrup and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
Add seltzer water to make 2 quarts.
Don't add seltzer water until ready to serve otherwise it will be flat.
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