Blueberry Lemonade

Refreshing Blueberry Lemonade is the perfect summertime sipper. This homemade blueberry lemonade recipe is perfect for easy entertaining, whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a baby shower or simply inviting friends to your house just because. Makes 12 servings.

If you love, love love Blueberry Lemonade, you should also give my Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Lemonade MocktailSweet Sunrise Mocktail and Strawberry Lemonade a try this summer.

A glass of homemade blueberry lemonade with a lemon slice in front of a pitcher

In my opinion, the best way to combat the oncoming summer heat is to have a go-to warm weather 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!

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    Why I love this recipe:

    A take on my Strawberry Lemonade recipe, I made this homemade Blueberry Lemonade recipe 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.

    Since this lemonade was made the day before the party, I didn’t have to fret about squeezing lemons and muddling blueberries while balancing the remaining party prep.

    Unsurprisingly, the shower was a smashing success!

    And this Blueberry Lemonade was well-loved, too! It’s got a good balance between sweet and tart, and it is incredibly refreshing for the hot days ahead.

    Other lemonade recipes we adore during the summer months: Vodka Lemonade with RaspberryHomemade Mint LemonadeCherry Lemonade MargaritasMixed Berry Mint LemonadeSpiked Blueberry Lemonade | Fresh Squeezed Lemonade | Watermelon Lemonade | Lavender Lemonade

    Looking for another refreshing summer drink? Be sure to check out my Nonalcoholic Drinks Recipe Index.

    A cup with ice and pink liquid with blueberries and a lemon slice

    What you need to make this recipe:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you need:

    • Simple syrup — you can make homemade simple syrup or you can purchase the bottled kind from the store, if that’s easier
    • Water — this is going to dilute our lemon juice, so it’s important!
    • Freshly squeezed lemon juice — the shelf-stable stuff at the store just don’t do. The only way to “cheat” is if you find cold pressed lemon juice in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. That’s
    • Fresh blueberries — for the blueberry flavor and the gorgeous pink color. If you can’t find juicy, fresh blueberries, you can use frozen ones. Just be sure that they’re defrosted before you muddle them.
    A pitcher holding purple liquid and lemon slices on marble

    How do you make blueberry lemonade from scratch?

    Make The Simple Syrup

    In a saucepan over high heat, combine equal amounts of water and granulated sugar. Raw (turbinado) sugar works, too, though I do not recommend using brown sugar for this step because it changes the color of the syrup itself.

    As the mixture heats, swirl it gently until the sugar completely dissolves, and then turn off the heat.

    Set this aside. You can make this 1-2 days in advance, and transfer it to a mason jar and keep it cool in the fridge once it’s cooled to room temperature.

    Make The Lemonade

    First and foremost, squeeze your lemon juice! (You can also make this step easier on yourself by purchasing freshly squeezed lemon juice from the store OR using an electric citrus juicer.) This is the most time-consuming step and will take you a while if you’re doing this by hand since you’ll only get 1-2 oz. of juice per lemon.

    Measure out the blueberries into a small bowl. Use a muddler to mush them up, and set aside. This is a really fun step for kids to complete if you’ve got tiny kitchen helpers on hand.

    In a large pitcher, combine the water, simple syrup, lemon juice and muddled blueberries. Stir them together with a large spoon until combined.

    Chill for a few hours or serve over ice! You can also add frozen blueberries as “ice cubes” to keep this pitcher cold for guests!

    Pro tip: If you’re chilling the blueberry lemonade overnight, strain the lemonade before serving to remove the pieces of the blueberries, as well as extra lemon pulp. 

    Two glasses of Blueberry Lemonade garnished with fresh blueberries and wheels of lemons

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    As I previously stated, Blueberry Lemonade (or any large batch lemonade recipe) is really fantastic for entertaining in the summertime. (Think, like a Backyard Barbecue!)

    Entertaining should be fun, so you want to make hosting easy on yourself. Which means… a few simple shortcuts can make all the difference in your attitude and mentality leading up to your gathering. And since I know you want to have fun, here’s what I like to do: 

    • Make it in advance. And don’t be afraid to use shortcuts, like store-bought freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
    • Serve with blueberry “ice cubes.” A pitcher drink should stay cold without getting watered down, and frozen fruit is a fabulous way to do just this! It adds color, too!
    • Set it on a bar… and forget it! Since this makes such a large amount of lemonade, unless you’re hosting a ton of folks, you can let this hang out on the bar for guests to serve themselves without you worrying about it running out. And if you’re concerned about it running out, make a second pitcher in advance to ease those woes.

    If you’re going to juice your own lemons, I salute you and your arm strength.

    Here are some thoughts on getting the most juice out of the lemons you have:

    TIPS AND TRICKS FOR

    Juicing Lemons at Home

    Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks about juicing lemons. They come in handy when you’re making a pitcher of homemade lemonade.

    • Don’t juice a cold lemon. A cold lemon won’t give as much juice as a room temperature one. If you keep your lemons in the fridge, let it come to room temperature, or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get it to warm up.
    • Roll the lemon on the countertop. This will bring the juices to the surface.
    • Slice the lemon at the equator, not from the stem to the tip.
    • Don’t just squeeze it with your hands… use a lemon reamer or a juicer to get that good juice out of it.
    • Run the juice through a fine mesh strainer if there is pulp and seeds in it before pouring into the glass.
    Two glasses of Blueberry Lemonade, with Pinterest text

    Looking for an easy entertaining dishes to pair with blueberry lemonade?

    Here are some of our favorite summertime recipes to make and serve alongside this homemade lemonade recipe at a casual gathering.

    Two glasses of Blueberry Lemonade, from the side, garnished with fresh blueberries and wheels of lemons

    Blueberry Lemonade

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    The thermometer is climbing as the warm summer temperatures arrive. To combat the heat, we should cool down with a glass of this large-batch Blueberry Lemonade, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
    5 from 6 votes
    Servings 10 servings
    Calories 161 kcal
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    Simple Syrup

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup granulated sugar

    Lemonade

    • Simple Syrup recipe above
    • 10 cups water
    • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice freshly squeezed
    • 2 cups blueberries

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    Instructions
     

    Make the Simple Syrup

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

    Make the Lemonade

    • In a large glass container, combine the water, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and muddled blueberries.
    • Stir with a large spoon until combined.
    • Chill overnight or pour over ice.
    • 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!)
    • Chill with the frozen blueberries, and serve cold.

    Notes

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

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 42gSodium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39g
    Keyword blueberries, drinks, lemons, mocktail, summer recipe
    Course Mocktails & Nonalcoholic Drinks
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    18 Comments

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

    3. You’re speaking my language here! Lemonade is definitely one of my favorite summer drinks! Yum!

    4. 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!

    5. 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!)

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

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

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

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

    10. People still ask me for this recipe. We served it at a friends and family Easter egg hunt. Best lemonade ever for young kids and adults.

    11. People still ask me for this recipe. We served it at a friends and family Easter egg hunt. Best lemonade ever for young kids and adults.

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