Blueberry Basil Limeade

Here's a refreshing twist on a summer classic! Blueberry basil limeade! Tart and refreshing, I think this tastes like summer!  Just tell me I'm wrong. 

A few weeks ago, I was treated to a delicious batch of Essential Omnivore's Sparkling Probiotic Mint Lemonade. I'd never made lemonade before, let alone a fermented version, and I was surprised at how easy and delicious it was. I also appreciate how low in sugar her recipe is. It allows those lemons to sing their sweet tune. 

We recently hosted a fun summery party and I knew I wanted to share her tasty beverage. I also happened to have an abundance of limes, blueberries and basil, so inspired by the fun that was making that mint lemonade, I whipped up this fun limeade to go along side it. Moral of the story, the Essential Omnivore is the real genius here, this is just my limeade. 

 

Blueberry Basil Limeade

Ingredients:

  • 5 Limes, juiced or enough to equal 1 cup lime juice 
  • Scant 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • Sparkling water to serve

Directions

In a high speed blender, combine the lime juice, blueberries, basil leaves and 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth. 

Heat the remaining two cups of water and bring to a simmer.  I like to use my electric kettle to save time with this step. In a medium bowl, whisk the honey with the simmering water and continue to mix until dissolved, creating a simple syrup. 

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Add the cooled simple syrup to the blended blueberry mixture and blend until combined. 

Using a mesh sieve, strain the limeade into a pitcher. Discard the pulp. 

Chill in fridge until ready to serve. 

To serve, fill a glass with ice and fill halfway with blueberry limeade and top with sparkling water! 

Garnish with a basil leaf if youre feeling fancy. 

Cocktail Variation: Add 1 ounce of vodka to large glass and top with limeade and sparkling water.