Everyone was complaining about the heat today, which I must admit is not a common problem here in Wellington. I started making some lemonade but came across some blueberries in the freezer, which suddenly seemed like a match made in heaven to me. Blueberries, lemons, ice, picnic blanket under the lemon tree... you get the idea.
Here is how I made it, in case you're keen for some pink lemonade too. (The traditional lemon and barley recipe is here.)
6-7 lemons (about 1 cup of juice)
100 grams sugar
1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
Squeeze the lemons into a medium-sized saucepan (don't worry about straining the juice at this point.)
Tip the sugar and blueberries into a food processor, add one spoonful of the lemon juice, and whizz till blended.
Transfer the sugar mixture into the saucepan and cook everything on a low heat for 10 minutes or so, until you have a syrup and the sugar is completely dissolved.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a large jug. You might need to use a spoon to extract all the syrup from the berry/lemon remnants.
Pour the strained syrup into jars or bottles (my mixture made 1 and a half maple syrup bottles full.)
Dilute in a jug with water or soda water, mint leaves and ice. (I'm thinking we might try it with vodka a bit later on.) Cheers!