oh my gosh . . . heaven!
I agree, vanilla beans are expensive . . . but I think we all deserve a jar of them in our cupboard for special desserts and drinks! And a vanilla blueberry lemonade is just that . . . special!
I love drinks that are a twist off an original and leave you desiring another sip. A hint of warm vanilla, paired with sweet lemon syrup . . . it might sound a little strange, but it's wonderful. I highly recommend serving it at your next gathering, and surely for your best girl-friends!
4 cups water, divided
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
3 lemons, sliced
Garnish, fresh mint
In a medium-size saucepan, combine 2 cups water, sugar, and reserved vanilla seeds.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove vanilla syrup from heat, and cool completely.
Fill pitcher halfway full with ice.
Add vanilla syrup, lemon juice, remaining 2 cups water, blueberries, and lemons, stirring gently to combine.
Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.