Blueberry Lemonade

Made these amazing Blueberry Lemonade with Fresh Blueberry Syrup. It is so refreshing, sweet and has the tangy-ness required. It is simply a perfect day to cool down on a hot summer day.

I had a box of fresh blueberries last week and I wanted to make some amazing stuff out of it. I made Blueberry Pie Cookies out of them and wanted to make a drink or a jam too. Its getting hot these days, so I thought I should definitely try a drink. So when life gives you lemons you make Blueberry Lemonade. LOL…

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P.S- This Lemonade is definitely different from the conventional Lemonade…But I just had to make these.

Its mid March now… but already getting quite hot outside.You really need a drink to beat the heat during the day. My favorites for this summer have been Tendo- Coconut Water, Salted Fresh Lime Sodas, and Buttermilk. I have been avoiding soft drinks this summer because of the high amount of sugar in them and in order to avoid those unwanted calories. Though Fresh Lime too isn’t all that great but yes at least better than Cold Drinks.

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P.S- The Fresh Blueberry Syrup is the start ingredient of this recipe.

Summers scream Lemons to me. Lemons are my ultimate favorite. I love drinks with lemon and mint. This drink is just one of those experiments when i wanted to infuse lemon in my drink.With a simple and homemade blueberry syrup, this drink could not get any easier. It is wonderfully fruity and sweet from the plump juicy blueberries with just enough of a tart kick. And it is really the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.

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P.S- Its a perfect Sunday Fuss Free Recipe. 

Lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY LEMONADE

Makes- 2 servings

Prep Time- 20 mins

Making Time- 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Blueberries- 3/4th cup
  • Granulated Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon Juice- 1/4th cup
  • Some extra blueberries and lemon for garnishing

PROCESS: 

To make the blueberry syrup. combine sugar and 1 cup water in a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat and cook until the sugar melts. Stir in the blueberries and cook the mixture until the blueberries have broken.

Strain the mixture to get a smooth blueberry syrup.

In a pitcher mix together blueberry syrup, lemon juice and water. Serve chilled with ice..blueberries and Lemons.

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Pomegranate Ginger Ale

One of my Favorite Drinks I have Made so Far. I love the Color of this drink and a flavor that you will never forget. Easy, Cool, Summery, Colorful…This drink is all that you can think of!!!

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I Love Drinks. I believe not any meal of mine is complete without a Drink to go along. Just a little secret to share is: I wish one day I become perfect at making amazing mocktails and serve them in the best manner possible. I have this fetish for collecting classy glasses. I just own a few right now..but yes I certainly am investing into my collection.

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This drink is more like an imagination and a mix match of ingredients. To my surprise it came out extremely well. I love Pomegranate Juice and have it almost daily when I am at home. I like the Fresh Homemade Juice. I find the Packed one a bit sour. What about you? So during such a regular day, I had a few ingredients right in front of me while I was at the rim of consuming my Juice..I just mixed those ingredients for fun…. but soon I realized it was the best combination ever.

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If you have a perfect blend of flavors..You can make the best mocktails at home. They are really simple and easy to put through. My pomegranate Ginger Ale is a savior on a hot summer day. Ginger Ale these days is easily available in the market and I love the flavor. You could also use Ginger Beer in this recipe. It just adds on to the amazing flavor of the drink.

P.S- You need to make this drink Fresh for your guests.. If you plan to serve 🙂

This one Unlike my Lychee Ginger Mojito cannot be prepared before hand. The mix of Pomegranate Juice and Gingerale taste Amazing when they are made Fresh. I wouldnt recommend to pre- prepare this drink. You don’t want to lose onto the flavors.. Do you? 

P.S- This drink is ready in less than 5 mins.

Screenshot_2014-09-11-17-24-42-1_wmRECIPE: POMEGRANATE GINGER ALE

Makes- 1 Pitcher

Prep Time- Less than 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • Pomegranate Juice- Fresh ( 3 Cups)
  • Ginger Ale- 3/4 th cup
  • Soda- 2 cups
  • Lemon Juice- 1/4th Cup
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon Juliennes – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger Juliennes- 1/4th cup
  • Ice Cubes – 1 cup
  • Mint Leaves- Few (Optional)

PROCESS

1. In a pitcher add Ice cubes, Lemon Juliennes and Ginger Juliennes.

2. Now add lemon juice and salt

3. Mix everything together

4. Add pomegranate juice and ginger ale together. Mix well

5.Top with Soda. Pour it slowly. 

6. Garnish with a few mint leaves and ready to serve.

Your Pomegranate Ginger Ale is now Ready.

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Lychee Ginger Mojito

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Orange Banana Smoothie

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Lychee Ginger Mojito

This mocktail is surely the best to beat the heat in summers. All you need is a handful of ingredients and a perfect summer mocktail is ready.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Its Mid- August and yet so hot outside. Its really humid and no rain. You really need a drink to beat the heat during the day. My favorites for this summer have been Tendo- Coconut Water, Salted Fresh Lime Sodas, and Buttermilk. I have been avoiding soft drinks this summer because of the high amount of sugar in them and in order to avoid those unwanted calories. Though Fresh Lime too isn’t all that great but yes at least better than Cold Drinks.

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Summers scream Lemons to me. Lemons are my ultimate favorite. I love drinks with lemon and mint. This drink is just one of those experiments when i wanted to infuse lemon and mint together. Also to add a little twist to the flavor I have added Ginger to this drink. Ginger brings about that additional taste and also minimizes the sweetness of Lychee Juice. The amount of ginger totally depends upon your taste. But about 1 tsp of Grated Ginger is more than enough in each glass. So don’d add a lot of ginger as the drink  will get bitter. If you are not a big fan of Lychee Juice, you can replace it with either sprite or Grape Juice. But not with any other flavor.It is super easy to make. All you got to do is mix all the ingredients together and your drink is ready.

P.S- The Lychee Juice is the heart of this mocktail.

RECIPE: LYCHEE GINGER MOJITO

Makes about- 1 Glass

Prep Time- 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Lychee Juice- 200 ml
  • Mint Leaves- 7 to 8
  • Ginger Grated- 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice- 2 tsp
  • Lemon pieces- 5 to 6 (Thinly Sliced)
  • Ice Cubes- 4 to 5

PROCESS:

1. In a mixer, add mint leaves, Ginger and  Lemon Juice and mix it well.

2. In a glass, add Ice cubes, then add Lemon pieces thinly sliced, and add the mixture.

3. Now top it up with Litchee Juice.

4. Top with a few more mint leaves.

5. Serve Chilled

Your Litchee Ginger Mojito Is now Ready.

 

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Summer Is Equal To- Lemon Cupcakes 😀 This is an amazing  recipe to kick off summers. Lemons just scream summers to me, and lemon desserts are are one of my Favorites. And it’s almost here!

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I was out of town and its been so long I havent posted anything. Gawd I missed this soo much…. I have missed you guys and I have missed Blogging……Blogging is like a daily therapy now…..  I have been craving to blog all this while…. And i am sorry readers for the delay in the new post….Hope I dont dissappear again for soo long *Sigh*

These amazing cupcakes are the perfect snack for a weekend, a party, or special dinner dessert. They are wonderful for a summer evening. Spread the frosting or pipe it to make the cupcakes look like they came from the local bakery.:D

I ❤ lemon desserts, they are one of my favorites. I like my lemon desserts FULL of lemon. I need my lemon flavor strong. These cupcakes reflect that. The cupcakes themselves have a great straightforward lemon flavor. The buttercream is also full of lemon. This frosting would be great on white cupcakes ( I added color to mine to give it that lemony look) or even white chocolate cupcakes, yum!

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If you are using another flavor of  frosting and you like a really strong lemon flavor for the cupcakes, I would even say they could be a bit stronger, so I’ve added instructions in the recipe to do that.On the other hand, if you want the flavor a little more toned down you can always decrease the lemon juice and zest to do that. 

Speaking of zest and juice, these are very important aspects to this recipe.

You really do need to use fresh lemon juice and the lemon zest needs to be really fine. The best way to do that is to use a Microplane, this is one of my most favorite kitchen tools. I use it to grate Parmesan cheese and chocolate as well as zesting citrus. It allows you to take off only the top layer of the yellow peel, don’t get any white pith into your zest or it will be bitter.

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The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is. Seriously you really just throw it all into a pot and stir. This is the easiest cupcake recipe I’ve ever made. Which is great for a beginner, or for children. Or for those who don’t like a lot of work, but appreciate a great homemade cupcake. (I fall into the last category.) 😛

Another thing I love about these cupcakes is how moist they are. They really are super moist and tender. The Butter Cream recipe is a standard Butter Cream, “A butter and powdered sugar base”. Which usually doesn’t excite me and which most people think is way too sweet. But when you add something tart like lemons to all of that sugar, it really balances out the sweetness and turns this frosting into something special. I could eat this frosting with a spoon, I love it so much. In fact I needed to put the bowl in the sink and rinse it so I would stop licking the bowl. Gawd !

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Like I mentioned in the post, this recipe has a great lemon flavor and the buttercream also has a strong lemon flavor, I believe they pair very well together as written. But if you are using a different flavored frosting recipe and want the cupcakes to have a really strong lemon flavor, I would increase the lemon juice to 3/4 cup, and decrease the water to 1/4 cup. If you want them with less lemon flavor I would use less zest, about 1 Tablespoon. 

INGREDIENTS:

Prep Time: 30 to 45 mins

Baking Time: 15 mins

Makes about : 10 cupcakes

For the Cupcakes

  • All purpose Flour- 2 cups ( 300 gms approx)
  • Unsalted butter- 1 cup
  • Castor Sugar- 1 1/2 cup
  • Salt- A large pinch
  • Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract- 2 tsp
  • Fresh Lemon Juice- 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Lemon Zest- 2 Tbsp
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Lemon Yellow Color- 2 drops(Optional)

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • Unsalted Butter- 2 Cups
  • Icing Sugar- 1 1/2 Cup
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Lemon Zest- 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- 60 ml

PROCESS:

Preheat oven at 180 degrees for about 15 mins.

1.  Beat butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy. Once it turns pale add in vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice.

2. In a separate bowl sieve together the dry ingredients- Flour, Baking soda, Baking Powder and salt.

3. Now fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add in yogurt a

alternatively to maintain the consistency.

4. The batter should be smooth and consistent. Add in a drop of yellow color if you like to give it that lemony kick 😉

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5. Once the batter is ready, Line your cupcake tray or simply grease it with butter. Fill the batter. Dont overfill.

6. Bake until lightly golden for about 15 mins. Check with a skewer, if not done bake for 2 mins more.

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7. Once out of the oven let the lemon cupcakes rest on a stand before you start putting the butter cream. Dont they look gorgeous 😀

P.S – I couldnt even resist to take a bite. 

8. While the cupcakes are getting ready make the buttercream. For the butter cream whisk in butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk until its peaky and fluffy.

9. Use a piping bad or just a spoon to top the cup cakes with the icing and make peaks.

10. Your lemony and buttery cupcakes are now ready 🙂

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Tips you can follow:

* Lemon Cupcakes are a perfect summer kick.

* Use Fresh Lemon Juice and Fresh Lemon Zest for the awesome flavor.

*Adding color is totally optional.

*You can use a plain buttercream frosting if you dont like too much lemon flavor. Just add more vanilla.

* Dont overbake these cupcakes. They are meant to be soft and moist.

*Do not refrigerate the icing for longer as the butter will start setting again.

For further queries do contact me.

Enjoy Baking :*

Love

ShRuTi

XOXO