- 1 lime
- 4 c blueberries
- 1 c water
- 2 T organic whole cane sugar
- 6 oz sparkling water for each drink
- Zest and juice the lime, setting the juice aside.
- In a saucepan, bring the berries, lime zest, and water to a boil.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain through cheesecloth to remove any particles.
- Return the liquid to the pan. Add the sugar and lime juice and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- To serve, put two tablespoons of blueberry syrup and six ounces of sparkling water in a glass and stir.
This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from The Real Food Cookbook: Traditional Dishes for Modern Cooks by Nina Planck and published by Bloomsbury, 2014. Purchase this book from our store: The Real Food Cookbook.
Author, and creator of London Farmer’s Market, Nina Planck provides 150 recipes that reflect her background in The Real Food Cookbook (Bloomsbury, 2014). A farmer’s daughter and former vegetarian, Planck uses timeless ingredients and classic cooking methods that reflect her journey to traditional foods. The following excerpt from “Drinks & Nibbles” is for a fresh, homemade blueberry soda recipe.
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Here’s a zippy soft drink you can make year-round if you jar or freeze the syrup, which is also delicious on pancakes and ice cream.