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Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

In the summer I am always looking for fun summer cocktails to share with my girlfriends and this blueberry sangria lemonade is the perfect summer drink to share with a good friend. You won’t believe how easy this blueberry sangria lemonade is to create and just how easy it is to drink…well, you might believe that last part of the sentence. This drink just screams summer, backyard fun, and begs to be enjoyed poolside.

Each month Walmart is challenging me to create a recipe using one of their produce items. Last month I tackled strawberries with a fun baked strawberry doughnut recipe and this month it is all about the blueberries with this easy blueberry sangria lemonade recipe.

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

Blueberries are one of our favorite summer fruits and we love to enjoy our summer bounty all year long. A few years ago I started freezing my berries in a different way using the Cook’s Illustrated method for freezing my berries and I can’t rave enough about how much better my frozen berries taste. You should definitely add this to your summer to-do list this year.

As we await our annual berry picking season, I wanted to offer some advice for selecting the perfect berries at the supermarket. Be sure to select  a package of firm, plump berries with an indigo blue color and a silvery white frost. Avoid any with a green or red tint, which indicates under ripe berries. You will want to make sure there are no juice stains at the bottom of the carton or moldy or crushed berries buried inside of the cartons as well when selecting those berries.

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

Now that you have the perfect berries, you can start incorporating them in this easy sangria. All of the ingredients can be found at your local Walmart store. I recommend mixing this one up the night before your gathering to really allow the flavors to incorporate together and for the best flavor.

You don’t have to splurge on the wine on this one, but make sure that you buy one that you would enjoy drinking. I love the budget-friendly and always delicious, Barefoot Chardonnay for this recipe because it fits sweetly in my budget and really tastes great for an affordable wine.

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

If you grow mint in your garden, this is another fun drink to add a little mint to for fresh flavor. And don’t forget, that mint can be put to good use in our Perfect Mojito recipe too in those long and hot summer months!

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade

Blueberry Sangria Lemonade
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Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 6
 
These blueberry sangrias scream summertime. Let the flavors meld together overnight for a truly delicious drink!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen concentrated pink lemonade
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Chardonnay, (I love Barefoot Chardonnay for this)
  • 3 cups lemon lime soda
  • ½ cup Brandy
  • Fresh mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to meld together.
  2. Serve chilled.

Looking for more great blueberry recipes? Be sure to try these eight ideas for blueberry recipes!

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Freezing Blueberries in 3 Easy Steps

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

How to Freeze Blueberries

Freezing blueberries is quick and easy, but did you know there are different methods of freezing? The Cook’s Illustrated Method of freezing is the one that I have been using for many years for freezing our berries for optimum flavor and once you try it, I am sure you will be hooked on this method of freezing your berries too.

In years past, I just threw the berries on a cookie sheet, froze them, and then tossed them into marked bags for later consumption. Cook’s Illustrated is my Bible for cooking and they claim that the best consistency for blueberries is if they have been frozen with sugar. They froze six different kinds of fruit, tried seven different methods of freezing on each fruit, stuck them in the freezer for six months, and then tasted them. I certainly don’t have the time or inclination to take on a task like that and that is why I absolutely love Cook’s Illustrated! Let me show you just how easy it is.

How to Freeze Blueberries

If you are worried about the sugar, it is just meant to help keep the fruit’s shape and texture. When you want to eat the berries, you just rinse the sugar off and enjoy the optimal taste of the fruit.

With this method of freezing, the berries truly held their shape and have a little better consistency then frozen alone. I would definitely recommend this method of freezing especially if you enjoy eating the berries alone!

Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking

The kids and I went to do our annual blueberry picking for the year. Our blueberry picking wasn’t half as successful as last year. I think we had a few things operating against us this year.

1. I just was there to take pictures.

2. Emily was just there to eat all of the blueberries.

3. Ethan thought blueberry picking was boring.

4. Extreme heat and lots of hot sun.

5. Whining.

The only thing that pulled us through all of that…the fact that we were dropped off on a tractor and there was no way to get back until the tractor came around again. Oh, and Sonic happy hour bribery. Making. Memories. (said through gritted teeth).

We managed to gather two measly pounds of berries and next year I may just go with the people who really want to go (which might mean a solo operation) or I will pick at dusk and take advantage of the picking in the evening hours. I went ahead and splurged for the five pound box of picked berries and we all headed home sweaty and still a little whiny.

Blueberry Picking

At the end of the blueberry picking day and at the end of all of our grumbling, I snapped this picture before we headed to the car.

That one moment and one picture made the whole trip worth it.  This what  am choosing to remember about our blueberry picking day. We were all together and we love each other no matter what.

Are you freezing fruit this year? What is your recommendation and tried and true recipes for freezing the summer’s bounty?

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