Fresh fruit rhymes with summer (in my poetry), so I often end up with too much of it. I turn the extra supply into fruit drinks, smoothies, coolers and freezes. Smoothies are so thick, you eat them with a spoon. Coolers are icy cold drinks, and freezes are filled with chopped ice – drinkable, but crunchy.
Blueberries appear in my farmers market in late June and continue in abundance until late August. Every summer, my family goes blueberry picking, so we end up with an enormous supply of blueberries. I freeze a lot of them, and we eat the rest. When I run out of space in my freezer and fridge, I make the extra blueberries into smoothies, freezes and coolers.
Blueberries lose some the evanescent flavor of summer when frozen, so I make a cooler out of fresh berries, fresh mint, fresh lime juice, stevia and ice. If you freeze the berries before blending them, you’ll end up with a thicker, but less fulgent cooler.
Blueberry Mint Cooler
Blend blueberries, fresh lime, fresh mint, stevia and ice for a refreshing summertime cooler.
- 4-5 cups fresh blueberries
- 2-3 cups ice
- Juice of two limes
- 3/4 teaspoons liquid stevia (to taste)
- handful fresh mint leaves, plus extra sprigs for garnish
Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses, garnish with sprigs of fresh mint, and serve immediately.
Fresh blueberries shout summer!
Blend blueberries with fresh lime juice, stevia, fresh mint and lots of ice for a refreshing summer cooler.