One of my favorite drinks during summers in India was Rooh Afza, a refreshing rose concentrated drink. Rose flavored syrup that came in a bottle was added to ice cold water or milk and served over ice and found at every household. It was a perfect break in the hot afternoons; especially when guests came over, often unannounced as they always do in India.
Inspired by the sweet beverage of my childhood, I decided to create a healthier homemade summer drink incorporating freshly picked blueberries. I also named it so that it reminded me of those good old days.
The syrup can be prepared ahead of time & stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Kids and adults of all ages would love the sweet and juicy flavor, with the added fizz from the club soda. And you get a whole serving of fruit in your drink. If you must, add a splash of vodka for an adult flavor. All I can say is give it a try!
Total Time: 1 hours (Prep: 15 minutes, Inactive: 45 minutes)
2 cups blueberries
1 cup water
1/2 to 1 cup sugar or Splenda (depending on sweetness of the blueberries)
1 orange, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
8 oz Club soda
In a medium heavy bottom saucepan, add all the ingredients except the club soda. Heat on medium till the liquid comes to boil & sugar starts to dissolves. Reduce heat to low & simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Remove any pulp by passing through a mesh strainer. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
Divide the blueberry syrup into two 12 oz- glasses. Add ice cubes. Finally, top off with 4 oz club soda into each glass. Serve immediately.