Question: What do you do with a basket of blueberries forgotten in the fridge for too long? You know the ones. The once plump and juicy berries that are now on the road to hell. It happens. I have a solution. Make blueberry syrup. It’s fast and easy.
Throw all 4 ingredients in a heavy bottom pot. Cook, strain, and cool.
The syrup is so good, you will probably want to lick the bowl.
Voila! The answer to a hot summer day without turning on the oven.
Blueberry Verbena Syrup:
yields a scant 2 cups
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
5 fresh lemon verbena leaves
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Put all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil. It will bubble up, so make sure to stir gently and turn the heat down to medium. Smash the berries with a metal masher. Cook the mixture for 2 minutes. Strain and cool.
Blueberry Verbena Soda:
5 tablespoons blueberry verbena syrup
1 can club soda
a few small lemon verbena leaves
Place the syrup in a glass, fill with ice cubes, lemon wedge, verbena leaves, and top with club soda.