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mix it up {blueberry lemon italian soda}

July 30, 2013

A coupe of weeks ago I made a Cherry-Berry juice that I used in my lemonade and then ultimately in a shandy (you can find all the recipes here).  Well, I went ahead an threw that in with some soda water from our Soda Stream.  Then I went really crazy and threw some half and half in to make an Italian soda.

Oh, my.

In a burst of soda-flavor-inspiration (and needing to use up some fruits before vacation), I decided to mix up some more homemade drink syrups to freeze.  The two featured fruits…lemon and blueberry.

syrups

italian-sodaThe featured drink..a little of each to make a wonderful Blueberry Lemon Italian Soda.  Fill a glass with ice, pour in a little blueberry syrup, a little lemon syrup, soda water on top of that and a bit of half and half.  It almost like a blueberry-lemon muffin.

soda

And If you have never made your own drink syrup, let me tell you how quick and easy it is:  clean fruit (pitted if needed), sugar, water, boil.

Blueberry Syrup:

about 4 cups clean blueberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups water.

Lemon Syrup:

about 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
zest of one lemon
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

For each type of syrup, combine your fruit, water and sugar in a sauce pan (mash up the blueberries).  Bring to a simmer and continue to cook until the sugar is dissolved.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl to cool.

Once cooled, I put mine into freezer safe mason jars, labeled them, and stuck them in our freezer.

tops

I am already thinking of what other flavors and combinations I can do.  Maybe some for coffee?  Or for soy milk for the kids?  Or maybe have a Soda Bar at a party where guest can combine their own flavors?

Now, we’re talking!

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