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Summer days are approaching us and that means cool and light refreshing drinks will be coming our way as well! If you are looking for a healthy and light drink this summer- this refreshing beverage is perfect—I love blueberries and they are loaded with all kinds of antioxidants and have many health benefits. It is recommended to eat them often so I am putting them in my drink! As you can see I do like my sweets… but I do also love to eat healthy and cook with fresh fruits and vegetables as often as I can.
Blueberry Mint Refresher
- 1 cups blueberries plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 bunch fresh mint plus extra sprigs
- 2 quarts sparkling water
- Place 1 cup of blueberries, honey and mint in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the berries burst. Remove from heat and cool. The mixture will be a bit thick.
- If you don't want any pulp, gently squeeze berry mixture through a small strainer into an airtight container. If you keep the pulp then just simply add to a container and refrigerate. This will make a blueberry syrup. Chill and then combine ¼ cup syrup with ¾ cup sparkling water for a single serving. Pour over ice and garnish with whole blueberries, a sprig of mint!
This recipe is great because you can alter the fruits to your choice. I used blueberries this time but next time I want to try strawberries or raspberries. You will be able to preserve the syrup in the fridge for about a week. If you want more flavor, use lemon or lime flavored sparking water.