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Blueberry and Mint Limeade

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    This is refreshingly bright and tart with a dark berry finish. Add more mint for a piquant flavour. Pack smart and divide among Mason jars with lids. This makes travelling easy and provides an environmentally friendly, no-waste drinking glass too.

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    2 1/2 cups (625 mL) blueberries
    1 1/2 cups (350 mL) water
    1/2 cup (125 mL) palm sugar or organic raw cane sugar
    4 mint sprigs
    1 cup (250 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 to 7 limes)
    2 to 3 cups (500 to 750 mL) soda water

    Place 2 cups (500 mL) berries in saucepan. Add water and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium. Partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften and pop, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 3 mint sprigs, then remove pan from heat. Let cool, then discard mint. Purée with hand blender. For a smoother texture, strain and discard solids. Return liquid to saucepan and stir in lime juice and soda water.

    Divide among 6 large Mason jars (or pour into 1 to 2 Thermos containers). Stir in remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) blueberries and mint leaves from remaining sprig. Seal jars with lids. Chill until ready to serve.

    Makes 6 cups (1.5 L).

    Each serving contains: 115 calories; 1 g protein; 0.2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 30 g total carbohydrates (25 g sugars, 2 g fibre); 23 mg sodium

    source: "Splendour in the Grass", alive #381, July 2014

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