The refreshing blueberry refresher is the perfect drink for a hot summer day. The colorful and appetizing fruity twist of the fresh berries, mint, and lime make this a cool, fun, and sparkly non-alcoholic drink that the whole family will enjoy.
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Summer is for Fruity and Delicious Drinks
Staying cool while loading up on healthy fruits is a perfect way to celebrate the summer season. Fresh berries are not only great for drinks but are a family favorite for a quick summer salad or a creamy smoothie.
This mint-infused blueberry cocktail is a thirst quencher with a lovely color and it tastes great too. You can make this at home using simple ingredients. The serving is 1 cup of blueberry syrup or 10 cups of refresher.
Cooking the fresh berries down to syrup means they infuse the drink with their wonderful taste while also deepening their color. The blueberry syrup has a rich, fruity flavor that has warm and tropical tones. The best part is you can make it ahead so you can enjoy it anytime. The syrup can be kept in the fridge then when you’re ready for a blueberry refresher, measure the syrup in a glass and add your water and enjoy.
This refreshing summer drink is sure to be a hit if you add it to the drinks table for your next party, summer picnic, birthday party, baby shower, or any special occasion. Fresh blueberries are mild, healthy, and nutritious with a sweet flavor. The citrusy fresh lime juice brings balance to the flavors in the refresher. The mint leaves add delicious herbal yet fresh flavors that provide a nice contrast from the sweet and bitter flavors in the blueberry mint lemonade.
Key limes can be hard to find when they’re not in season. They are very popular in the Florida Keys where some of them are grown and it even seems like all the restaurants there serve key lime desserts. If you’re not in Florida and can’t find these special limes, you can use Persian limes which are ordinary grocery store limes. The flavor may not be the same though but it’s still better than using bottled key lime juice for this recipe.
So what’s the difference between a key lime and a regular Persian lime? Key limes are tiny and about half the size of their Persian counterparts. Persian limes are more tart and don’t have the same aroma and sweetness you’ll find in key limes.
Key Ingredients for the Blueberry Refresher
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries: 1 cup will be for the berry syrup while 1/2 cup extra berries are for the garnish
- Zest and juice from 1 lime: Adds a nice tart and juicy flavor and balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
- 1 cup honey: Adding sweetness to the berries will improve their flavor
- 1 bunch fresh mint, plus more for garnish: The mint leaves bring a light freshness to this summer mocktail while mint garnish is all about adding aroma to the final special drink.
- 1/8 teaspoon salt: To taste
- 2 quarts cold sparkling water: You don’t need special water for this, just plain tap water will do. It works well with the blueberry syrup for an incredible taste
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
Step-by-step Instructions to Make a Blueberry Refresher
1: Cook all the ingredients
- Place 1 cup of blueberries, honey, mint, zest, and juice from 1 lime and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium heat and continue to heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally until the berries burst.
2: Cool the mixture
- Once the berries have turned the liquid into a dark purple color and the liquid starts to thicken, remove from heat and cool.
3: Make the simple syrup
- To make blueberry syrup, gently squeeze the berry mixture through a fine mesh strainer to get as much juice as possible out of them. Chill for 10 minutes.
4: Mix syrup with water
- Add ¼ cup syrup in a glass and fill the rest of the glass with ¾ cup sparkling water for a single serving. Or mix all the berry syrup and water in a large pitcher.
5: Garnish and serve
- Add the refresher to individual glasses and garnish with the extra blueberries and fresh mint leaves. Serve and enjoy!
- To give the drink a stronger flavor, let the blueberry syrup cool in the fridge overnight before straining it.
- While making the berry syrup, you can use the back of a wooden spoon to gently mash the berries.
- If you don’t have lime you can use fresh lemon juice.
- For a sweeter flavor, replace sparkling water with soda water or seltzer water.
- You can use the blueberry refresher to sweeten iced coffee or tea.
How to store simple blueberry syrup
Flavored syrups like blueberry syrup will last for a short amount of time, typically 7 to 10 days. You’ll need to store it in an airtight container or a mason jar will work great too. This will freeze for 3 months in an airtight bag or jar. When reheating, slowly warm up, stirring occasionally.
Blueberries have many health benefits. They are rich in vitamin K, which plays an important role in promoting heart health, are one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, can help reduce high blood pressure, and can help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels.
Fresh blueberries are best for this refresher but frozen ones will work as well.
There are lots of sweet varieties of good-quality blueberries. Elizabeth, Powder Blue, and Legacy types of blueberries are considered to be some of the sweetest. Make sure that the blueberries are blue all around as any pink or purple hue means they are not quite ripe yet and therefore not very sweet.
Other refreshing summer drinks to try out:
The Refreshing Peach Lemonade Summer Drink with Mint is a new twist on summer’s favorite drink.
You can never go wrong with the Easy and Refreshing Sweet Watermelon Agua Fresca on a hot summer day.
The nutritious Refreshing Citrus Green Smoothie is a great idea for a healthy breakfast.
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Easy Summer Blueberry Refresher
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup honey
- 1 bunch fresh mint plus more for garnish
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup blueberry garnish
- 2 qt sparkling water cold
- Place 1 cup blueberries, honey, mint, zest and juice from 1 lime and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally until the berries burst. Remove from heat and cool.
- Gently squeeze berry mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Chill for 10 min.
- Combine ¼ cup syrup with ¾ cup sparkling water for a single serving. Or mix all syrup and water in a large pitcher. Garnish with berries and mint.
- Use fresh blueberries.
- Other berries will work too.
- Make sure the sparkling water is cold, for the perfect refreshing outcome.