Before the warm weather completely leaves us, I wanted to make this fun twist on lemonade. I first saw berry ice cubes on one of my favorite blogs, Just Putzing around the Kitchen.
Instead of using just water when making your ice, you add some blueberries (or other berries) into the ice. When they are put in the lemonade, they add both color and flavor to the lemonade. Here’s a quick snapshot of the lemonade when the ice first goes in:
And instead of using plain water, I used some lemonmint water by Metromint so that the when the ice melts, it doesn’t dilute the lemonade further and make it watery. You could also freeze fresh lemon juice if you don’t have any lemon flavored water, but the lemon flavored water is nice because it helps maintain the lemon flavor in your drink.
The end result is a refreshing blueberry mint lemonade, which also has some pretty blueberries floating inside.
I like my lemonade pretty concentrated, so the recipe below is mostly lemons. Of course you can substitute with your own favorite lemonade recipe or dilute the recipe further if you prefer.
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Lemonade with Blueberry Lemon Mint Ice Cubes
Yield: 2 cups
For the lemonade:
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Lemonmint water (or plain water)
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want your lemonade)
For the blueberry ice:
fresh or frozen blueberries
To make the ice: Fill ice cube tray with blueberries, about 1-2 per mold, depending on how big your ice molds are. Fill to top with water. Freeze for several hours to set.
To make the lemonade: Mix lemon juice, water and sugar. Add ice in right before serving.