drinking blueberries

As I’ve mentioned, we have a freezer full of blueberries. And as I’m cobblered, pied, and sconed out, I’ve turned to drinking them. What follows are a few good recipes for drinking blueberries:

RECIPE 1  ‘Blueberrade’

This is a simple ‘blueberry lemonade’ drink and starts, as expected, with lemons. I use this easy and delicious homemade lemonade recipe as the base:

1-1.5 cups fresh lemon juice (approx 10 lemons)
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups water

Step 1: Strain the lemon juice through a sieve into a pitcher.
(If you like lots of pulp, then leave it obvs.)

Step 2: Add the sugar, stirring until it dissolves into the lemon juice.

Step 3: Stir in the water.

NB: when you make the lemonade, substituting the water for a bottle of your favorite sparkling lemon juice/water, e.g. La Croix, Perrier, etc, will amp up the lemon and create a refreshing ‘fizz’.

Now for the blueberries.

One option – the simple one – is to muddle* 1 cup of the berries and then dump the muddled mess into the pitcher of lemonade. Perhaps with a sprig or two of mint. Add some unmuddled berries as well. They’ll bob happily about.

A second option – the less simple one – is to add some blueberry syrup to the pitcher of lemonade :: click through here for my tried and true blueberry syrup recipe. You can throw in some uncooked blueberries as garnish here as well.


homemade blueberry syrup

Finally, to morph this into a summer cocktail, add bourbon. Good bourbon. Or even a lemon vodka. NB: with the addition of alcohol, please drink responsibly – and prepare to add some more sugar. It’s fizzy and fiery and tart!

RECIPE 2 ‘Black-and-Blue Smoothies’


our blackberry bushes

Hey, guess what? It’s blackberry season too! Add some to the above recipes in place of (or in addition to) the blueberries for extra anti-oxidant kick. And follow this recipe for a tasty alternative to the traditional blueberry smoothie:

1 cup milk or soy/almond milk
2-3 generous teaspoons natural Greek yoghurt
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup berries mix (blueberries/blackberries)

Step 1: Blitz the ingredients in a blender/Vitamix.

Step 2: Drink.

Step 3: Smack lips satisfyingly.


Drink up, people. And eat those berries while the sun still shines!


* Click through for a lesson in muddling from Michael Cecconi: how to muddle. Apparently, we’re doing it wrong.

4 thoughts on “drinking blueberries

  1. I bet limoncello + club soda + blueberries would work well as a 2-blue lemonade (get it?). Or is that more like a sweet-tart bellini? Now, for some recipes for watermelon that go beyond the normal (you could do worse than checking out http://www.eatingoutloud.com)… It all sounds good!

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