I thought friends on the Vineyard would laugh when I said we were going to Cape Cod on vacation (to the Waldman's beach house in Truro) but nobody did. Everyone understands the need for an island escape in July or August. Despite the fact that it is one of the best places to be in the summer it's still the place where we go to work everyday, get stuck in summer traffic, and follow our regular family routine.
On our first afternoon here, we decided to make some Blueberry Soda as a refreshing afternoon drink. I cooked fresh blueberries down with a little lemon juice and dash of sugar into a thick syrup. The soda is tart, sweet, and festive.
makes 4 drinks
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
squeeze of lemon juice
1 tablespoon sweetener (cane sugar, agave, stevia, etc.)
First, add the blueberries, water, lemon juice and sweetener to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let thicken for 10 minutes.
When the fruit is ready, strain over a sieve or cheese cloth, collecting the juices into a small bowl. The remaining cooked berries should be saved to top yogurt, oatmeal, or vanilla ice cream.