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Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Our Signature Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Perfect for a Vancouver Picnic!

Looking for the taste of a Vancouver summer? You won’t find a better pairing than our homemade blueberry lemonade, complete with local blueberries that just beg for picnic sipping. Tangy, sweet, and oh so refreshing, our blueberry lemonade has been a favourite for many at our catering events. We thought why not share the recipe so you can enjoy the drink in the comfort of your own backyard!

Truffles Fine Foods Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient

Not only does it hit the mark with flavour, but it’s as gorgeous looking as it tastes. After all, we eat with our eyes first! The blueberries create a delightful purple hue that brightens the drink and impresses anyone who sips it. If you want to wow your friends at your next cocktail party, this blueberry lemonade is sure to hit the mark.

As luck would have it, we’re in the midst of Vancouver’s blueberry season. From the fields of Abbotsford to the backyard containers of urban Vancouver gardeners, you can find local blueberries around every corner. Blueberry picking is one of our favourite activities, one that brings back waves of nostalgia and very very blue fingers.

At the end of blueberry picking, you oftentimes find yourself with more buckets of blueberries than you know what to do with. So, after your annual blueberry picking, set aside some of the tasty berries to make this untraditional yet beloved picnic drink.

Truffles Fine Foods Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Are your tastebuds cheering for blueberry lemonade yet? Without further adieu, here is the recipe from our Truffles Fine Foods’ Executive Chef Dave Bell!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig of mint

Instructions

  1. Muddle blueberries and mint together
  2. Pour boiling water over sugar and stir until completely dissolved
  3. Add lemon juice, cold water and muddled blueberries and mint to the sugar water mixture
  4. Mix well
  5. Strain blueberries and mint using a fine sieve or cheesecloth before serving
  6. Serve over ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

The Best Pairing for Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Refreshing and filled with summer flavour, this drink is best enjoyed outdoors on a sunny day. For the perfect backdrop to enjoy your blueberry lemonade, join us at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden for our Summer Gourmet Picnic. Enjoy a four-course meal inspired by Italian alfresco dishes, admission to the gardens, and you guessed it, our signature blueberry lemonade! To accommodate everyone, we have plant-based options and a kid’s menu available.

To see available timeslots and book your picnic, click here. Hurry, our Summer Gourmet Picnic is available for a limited time only!

Seasonal Feature

Summer Gourmet Picnic at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The VanDusen Botanical Garden may just be Vancouver’s best picnic spot and we’re happy to offer our Summer Gourmet Picnic, at VanDusen Garden! Get a whiff of fresh air and sit in the dappled sunlight from the surrounding trees all while your tastebuds go on their own summer vacation.

So much more than a picnic basket, this isn’t your average quilted blanket. Instead, experience the sun-kissed days of summer with your very own private picnic table and dedicated server to provide your every picnic need. PLUS admission to the garden is included in the price. The whole experience is nothing short of amazing.

The Meal

Inspired by Italian alfresco dishes, the picnic features gourmet Regular or Plant-based canapes, an individual Heirloom Tomato & Burrata salad, Choice of three entrées, and two exquisite desserts. We’ve kept everyone in mind with this gourmet menu, offering plant-based options for each course as well as an additional kid’s menu for only $15 a child.

And don’t worry, we would never forget the drinks. After all, the lazy, hazy, and crazy days of summer wouldn’t be complete without a cool beverage in hand. Our picnic tables are fully licensed and come with plenty of pre-purchased bottles of wine, cider, beer, and other non-alcoholic drink options. All alcoholic beverages come from BC wineries and breweries, giving you the best flavours our province has to offer.

To add extra elegance or romance to your meal, you can also purchase a seasonal table floral arrangement by Nicola Adam. She creates the most stunning displays!

Granville Island Craft Beer
Nicola Adam Floral

Once the meal is over and you’re feeling positively stuffed, the experience isn’t quite over yet! We couldn’t have you join us at this beautiful garden without taking a stroll through the pathways of summer flowers.

What makes this experience so unique is the location of the picnic itself, with the beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden as the backdrop. After eating, enjoy a two-hour admission to the garden to enjoy summer’s splendor at your own pace. Beyond the Great Lawn, there are endless displays of perennials, meadow flowers, roses, and plenty more stunning blooms.

Menu

Choose from Regular or Plant-based Canape

Regular Canapes : One Prosciutto melon bite, Miniature BLT on grilled sourdough, and Tuna crudo cucumber cup

Plant-Based Canapes: Rainbow roll, Vegan BLT on grilled sourdough, Cucumber cup with hummus and pickled vegetables


Individual Plated Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad: organic local greens, fresh basil, white balsamic vinaigrette


Choice of Entree

PORCHETTA SANDWICH: Slow roasted pork with fennel and herbs, lemon caper mayonnaise and arugula

TUSCAN CHICKEN BREAST WITH CAPER & PARSLEY SALSA VERDE: Free range chicken breast marinated in lemon & fresh rosemary

VEGAN TORTA RUSTICA: Layers of grilled eggplant, sweet peppers, zucchini, spinach and fresh herbs in a crisp pastry

All entrees are served with: Balsamic Marinated Grilled Summer Vegetables, New Potato salad with fresh herbs and red wine vinaigrette


Dessert

PEACH & ALMOND TIRAMISU: Layers of mascarpone, fresh peaches and amoretti

VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: Swirled with Okanagan cherry compote

Don’t wait and book you Summer Gourmet picnic today!

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