Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sweet Berry & Mint Lemonade {refreshing}

I am very stingy when it comes to keeping flavored drinks around the house. We rarely drink sodas, and when we do it's usually ginger ale, sprite, and on occasion root beer. When I go grocery shopping I tend to only buy two containers of fresh apple juice and maybe a half gallon of orange juice for breakfast. Other than that we usually have a small choice of water, tea, or lemonade. So as I went into the kitchen to fix a glass of water, I was struck with the taste of something cool and refreshing (yes, I do realize that it is not summer and it's freezing outside..lol), so, what to do? Well, when you have 3 lemons...make 3 glasses of pretty lemonade!

Sweet Berry & Mint Lemonade
serves 3-4

12 Strawberries, washed, and cut into chunks
1/2 C. plus 2 T. Sugar
Juice from 3 Lemons, without seeds
1 T. Mint Leaves chopped, plus a few sprigs for garnish
Blueberries - for garnish
Handful of Ice Cubes
3 C. Cold Water

Directions: In your blender place your lemon juice, strawberries, sugar, chopped mint leaves, ice, and water. Using the Ice Crusher setting, pulse your mixture until your berries have become smaller and your liquid turns a nice pink. Place a few ice cubes into your glasses. Pour desired amount into glass. Stir & Garnish with fresh blueberries, a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge!

Tip The Cook: feel free to use Agave nectar in the place of sugar..it will taste just as good and add a kick of health!

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