The Speckled Palate
May 18, 2016

Blueberry Lemonade

The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.

The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.

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    Not gonna lie: As I started writing this post, I was singing a little old school Nelly.

    You know…

    It’s getting hot in here old school Nelly.

    Because while we’ve had some cold fronts push through Dallas in recent weeks, summer is nigh.

    And it’s bound to get H-O-T in no time flat.

    The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.

    In my opinion, the best way to combat the oncoming heat is to have a go-to summertime drink.

    My drink this year is Blueberry Lemonade.

    Last week, I picked up a giant box of blueberries, as well as two large bags of fresh lemons, in preparation for the baby shower we hosted this past weekend. Our friends are having a boy, so I wanted a drink that was appropriately colored (even if the muddled blueberries leave this drink a little pinkish/purple), as well as something refreshing and non-alcoholic for our guests to enjoy!

    The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.

    A take on my Strawberry Lemonade recipe, I made this drink the day before the shower. I knew the preparations were going to get a little crazy the day-of, and I wanted to give myself as much time as possible to pull things together on Saturday.

    Thank goodness I did! During the preparation process, my co-host got injured and required stitches. She’s thankfully all right, but it was quite a scare at the time.

    Since this lemonade was made the day before the party, I didn’t have to fret about squeezing lemons and muddling blueberries while trying to balance the remaining party prep while my co-host was being stitched up at the minor medical ER.

    While the afternoon was bonkers, we got everything done, and the shower was a smashing success!

    And this Blueberry Lemonade? It was well-loved, too! While there’s still a little bit left in my fridge, it won’t be around for long.

    The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.

    Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for Blueberry Lemonade

  • Essentials: Metal muddler.
  • Get the look!: Kate Spade New York Raise a Glass Acrylic PitcherCrisa Impressions Glasses.

Cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart, this summer. #drink #summer #recipe

Here’s how I made it:

Cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart, this summer. #drink #summer #recipe
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Large Batch Blueberry Lemonade

The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a tall glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Blueberries are muddled, then mixed into freshly squeezed lemon juice, cool water and simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage. Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy during the summer months.
Course Drink
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Lemonade

  • Simple Syrup
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups blueberries , muddled

Instructions

Make the Simple Syrup

  1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine the water and granulated sugar.
  2. Swirl the mixture around the pan until the sugar dissolves.
  3. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, and set aside.

Make the Lemonade

  1. In a large glass container, combine the water, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and muddled blueberries.
  2. Stir with a large spoon until combined.
  3. Chill overnight or pour over ice.
  4. If chilling overnight, strain the lemonade before serving, removing bits and pieces of blueberries, as well as lemon pulp, if need be. (Or leave them in if you don't mind it!)
  5. Chill with the frozen blueberries, and serve cold.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be halved to create a smaller batch of lemonade.

What kinds of drinks do you enjoy during the summer months?

14 Comments

  1. Julia Mueller

    I’m right there with ya – whenever it gets toasty out, I crave all my liquids in the form of lemonade. I’ve never made a blueberry version homemade, and I’m thinking this is pretty genius. Sluuurp!

  2. Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry

    Another amazing recipe to use up our blueberry bounty when we go picking in a couple months. Love this recipe!

  3. Laura / I Heart Naptime

    We are huge lemonade fans – it’s best sipped on the back patio while dinner is on the grill. Will totally be adding muddled blueberries this year, too!

  4. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Ha! My sister and I always break out Nelly with the hot temps! Really love how simple this beverage is, and as a big lemonade fan, I wish I had some right now (but don’t worry, summer will be here soon!)

  5. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    Love me some old school Nelly! Brings back so many high school memories! This blueberry lemonade is going to be perfect this summer!

  6. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    Oh, this looks like the perfect beverage for summer! So refreshing and you can’t beat the flavors. 🙂

  7. Sheryl

    This looks perfect for a hot summer day.

  8. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Hosting a bridal shower this month and this is going on the menu!

  9. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    I’m so thankful the weather is warming up! I could drink this yummy lemonade all day long!

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Stiches?! Oh no! I’m happy they’re ok now. And this lemonade sounds so delicious!

  11. Krista

    I want to sit by the pool and sip on this!

  12. Cookin Canuck

    We haven’t quite reached summer (or even spring!) temperature here in the Pacific Northwest yet, but I am definitely saving this for summertime!

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