July is National Blueberry Month

Blueberry Mint SpritzerDid you know that July is National Blueberry Month? If any fruit deserves its own month, it’s certainly blueberries!

Eating just a quarter cup of blueberries every day can make a big impact on your overall health and well-being. They are rich in antioxidants, low in fat and have just 80 calories per cup. There’s so much more…   

*  ​Loaded with fiber to keep you fuller longer

*  ​Excellent source of manganese, which supports bone development and converting carbohydrates to energy

*  Improves brain health

*  Fights urinary tract infections

*  Provides 25% of daily Vitamin C requirements in one serving

*  Improves heart health and reduces cancer risk

Native to North America, blueberries are grown in 35 out of 50 states. North America is responsible for supplying roughly 95% of the entire world’s crop. Ten years ago, Florida didn’t produce enough blueberries to gain the attention of buyers.  Since then, hundreds of small blueberry farms have opened across the state. Today, the three to four week harvesting period, between late March and April, can supply the entire United States. 

Ring in National Blueberry Month with this recipe for a delicious Blueberry and Mint Spritzer.

Blueberry and Mint Spritzer recipe from Chef Scott Samuel, Chef-Instructor Culinary Institute of America-Greystone

Ingredients

·         Blueberries, fresh or frozen: 3 cups

·         Simple syrup: 1 cupLime juice: ½ cup

·         Mint leaves, torn: 1 cup

·         Club soda: 4 cups

·         Vodka (optional): 8 fl. oz

·         Blueberries, fresh: 1 cup

Instructions

1.       Make the blueberry base: Combine the first four ingredients
in a small saucepan and bring to a boil

2.       Remove from the heat and add the mint leaves

3.       Stir with wooden spoon to release the mint aromas

4.       Chill completely and strain out solids into a container by pushing
on the blueberries to extract as much juice as possible

5.       For each drink: Combine 3 oz of the chilled blueberry base in a
shaker with ½ cup ice cubes, 1 fl oz.

6.       Vodka if using, and shake to muddle and strain into a chilled glass

7.       Add 4 oz. club soda

8.       Garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf

 

 

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