How the heck is it already August? How? I mean I haven’t even had a chance to get to the beach yet and I’m already seeing promos for back to school and even worse, some poor kids are starting school this week!
Seriously? It’s August?! It’s still summer! It’s still time to frolic, enjoy the outdoors, eat all the tomatoes, scour your farmer’s market for the best blueberries and drink tons of lemonade.
Or you know I would if I wasn’t busy and actually let myself do some of those things. Eating all the tomatoes and drinking lemonade is definitely on the August to-do list but I’m not much of a frolicker to begin with, how about you do that for me?
One thing that is always on my summer to-do list is making up some new batches of lemonade. I like ice tea well enough but for me, lemonade is my go-to summer refresher after water. I like it tart with just a little hint of sweet and if you add some fruit in there then you’ve really sold me on it.
Since I had a bottle of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup (affiliate link) that I won from Eat Write Retreat this year I figured it might be the perfect opportunity to start making use of it. Normally I’d go running and screaming at the sound of flowers in a drink. My senses just can’t handle rose or lavender. They are pretty enough but if you put them in my food, you’ve ruined it for me. Hibiscus on the other hand is the perfect balance of floral without being perfumey.
Let me tell you, this might be my new favorite drink. This glass went down quickly and I was just happy to have a pitcherful more to enjoy. It’s pretty and it tastes good.
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces hibiscus syrup
- 4 cups cold water
- lemon slices, blueberries and hibiscus flowers for garnish
- In a small pot bring the sugar, water and blueberries to boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes to let the blueberries break down.Let cool slightly and pour the blueberry simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Discard the solids.Stir in the lemon juice and cold water.If serving immediately add ice to the pitcher, if not place in the refrigerator and add ice before serving.Fill glasses with more ice and garnish with lemon slices, blueberries and a hibiscus flower.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free bottle of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup from attending Eat, Write, Retreat. All opinions are my own and this post contains affiliate links.
This is the prettiest glass of lemonade I’ve ever seen!
This is so beautiful!!
This looks gorgeous – and I’d never thought of using the syrup hibiscus flowers come in before – just the flowers themselves!
I love hibiscus flowers because they taste more like rhubarb than something too flowery/aromatic. That said, I love stuff like rose and lavender too… 🙂
I KNOW! How is it August?! How?! I love, love, love this lemonade!!
Now that’s really interesting! I’m quite sure I’ve never had hibiscus in anything but I’d love to try it in this lemonade. Gorgeous.
I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since you told me about it at the conference 🙂 I am so intrigued by that hibiscus syrup. I just might have to order some!
I am sharing this beautiful and refreshing dink!
Thank you so much Ginny!
This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to make it!
I just need a big glass of this on the front porch!
OOOO! I have a hibiscus bush in my backyard. It drapes over the deck and fills the air with the slight floral smell. I was just thinking, I wonder what I could do with these guys!!! Maybe if I dry them, then I could make my own syrup. I gotta have this. I am the same way. Flowers + food = ew Flowers + Booze = Yum!
You’ll have to let me know how the syrup comes out! I’m sure there are instructions somewhere on how to make your own.
This looks refreshing and so pretty, Susan! I know…I’m so bummed summer is almost over. I’m so happy we got to see each other again at the conf. 🙂
it’s so, so pretty! Oh my sweet heavens, I need a huge glass of that!
This is a reminder that I must try hibiscus. Yumm!
What?! You mean you ‘n Braden don’t frolic through the streets of New York? I’m disappointed. I can’t believe it’s already the second week of August too. Soon (probably now) they’re already putting up Christmas decorations. I’ll just have to make a few pitchers of this pretty lemonade and sip my way through the last few days of summer.
I hate how it seems like half a season is ruined by the promotion of the next season by stores…like when you start seeing Christmas stuff in September…it’s crazy!! For now, let’s just enjoy August mmmk? 🙂 I’ve never had hibiscus syrup but it sounds delicious…as does this lemonade!
You are making me so thirsty! This drink is gorgeous!
I made this for my son’s party last week! Amazing! I’m including a link in my CSA newsletter this week! Yummy!
Thanks Jen! So glad you enjoyed it.