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Hard to resist blueberry lemon float

This is the perfect summer dessert. It is flavorful, simple to make and will certainly cool you off on those hot summer days!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
cooling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry drinks, blueberry float, blueberry lemon float, floats, summertime dessert
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest Make sure and wash your lemon well first before zesting.
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • cup sugar
  • 2 liter 7up, or other lemon lime soda
  • vanilla or lemon ice cream we used about ½ gallon

Instructions

  • Add blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar to medium sauce pan. Mix well. Place over medium heat. Heat until it comes to a gentle boil, stir occasionally
    Continue to cook over medium low a few more minutes until the berries are very soft and have released their juices.
    You have 2 choices at this point, either strain the skins out or simply blend them in a food processor. I wanted a smooth reduction, so I strained mine. If you choose this method, place in a fine mesh strainer and press all the berries into it. You want as much of the berry to pass through as possible. If you want a chunkier sauce, place berries in a blender or food processor. Pulse until it is smooth and well blended.
    With either method you used, add the blueberry sauce back into your sauce pan. Now we will start the reduction. Cook over a medium low, stirring occasionally until the sauce has reduced slightly and thickened slightly. Mine took about 10 minutes. This will depend on the sauce, thickness of your pan and the actual temp of your medium low, as everyone's cooktop is different.
    Once it has thickened and reduced, remove from heat. Pour into a bowl or container to cool. That pan will hold on to residual heat, so I like to remove from the pan.
    Once it has cooled, you can use it right away. If you want to save it for another time, this is simple. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. I used a mason jar. It will hold for up to 4 days.
    When you are ready to use, we will make a mix of the blueberry reduction and soda. The exact ratio will depend on your palate and preference. I used a 1 part blueberry to 2 parts soda. Taste as you make and adjust as needed.
    Next, add your ice cream to the serving glasses. We like a high ice cream to liquid ratio, so don't skimp!Then pour your blueberry soda mixture over the ice cream and go for it!
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You certainly deserve this!!