Blueberry Lemonade Recipe
Celebrate summertime with a cold glass of Blueberry Lemonade! Homemade lemonade is made with all of the essentials like fresh lemon juice and sugar, then made even more delicious with the addition of blueberry puree. If you love fresh, fruity flavors that don’t come from an instant powder, this is the drink recipe for you!
Homemade lemonade is sunshine in a glass, that’s for sure! I don’t think there’s ever been a summer in my life that I didn’t whip up quite a few pitchers of lemonade. After all, all you need are lemons, sugar, ice, and water – anyone can make it! That’s why I’m always so baffled as to why people ever waste their money on the instant powder lemonade from the store… It’s not gross, but to me, it definitely doesn’t taste like the real deal.
I like to avoid artificial flavors in my lemonade, which is why I’m all too happy to squeeze some lemons myself. However, it can get a little repetitive just having plain lemonade in the fridge all summer long. That’s why I love recipes like this fruity Blueberry Lemonade! It’s real, authentic lemonade, just made even more delicious by the addition of homemade blueberry puree. Trust me, just one sip and you’ll feel all of those happy summertime feelings!
The blueberry puree is made with fresh blueberries, white granulated sugar, and water. Yep, that’s it! Blueberries are ripest during the warm summer months, so this recipe is a great way to utilize those berries you may have just picked at your local berry farm. The blueberries get blended up with the sugar and water to create a totally tasty puree that’ll make your lemonade go from just good to unforgettably great. This is a summertime recipe you don’t want to miss out on!
If there’s any other reason you need to make this Blueberry Lemonade, it’s for that COLOR! Look at how gorgeous the natural hue of the blueberries colors the lemonade. It’s so very picture perfect!
Ingredients for Blueberry Lemonade
For the blueberry puree:
- BLUEBERRIES – 2 cups fresh blueberries
- SUGAR – 1 cup granulated sugar
- WATER – 1 cup water
For the homemade lemonade:
- WATER – 8 cups of water, divided
- SUGAR – 1 cup of sugar
- LEMONS – zest of 2 lemons, 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice
- ICE CUBES – 2 cups of ice cubes
To garnish your glasses:
- FRESH BLUEBERRIES
- LEMON SLICES
How to Make Blueberry Lemonade
MAKE THE PUREE. Place the blueberries, sugar, and a cup of water in a blender. Pulse until smooth, then set aside.
BOIL THE SUGAR AND WATER. Combine 3 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, letting it boil for about 5 minutes.
MAKE IT ZESTY. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir the lemon zest into the sugar water. Let it sit until it’s cooled to room temperature.
POUR IT IN A PITCHER. Add the blueberry puree to a pitcher, followed by lemon juice and water. Pour the cooled sugar water over a strainer into the pitcher. Discard the lemon zest.
CHILL. Add ice to the pitcher of lemonade and let it chill in the fridge for about half an hour.
Tips for the Best Blueberry Lemonade
- Make sure the sugar water is completely cooled to room temp before you pour it into the pitcher! To help it cool down faster, you can place it in the fridge instead of the countertop.
- You simply must use freshly squeezed lemon juice in this recipe! Lemon juice from concentrate or from those little plastic bottles just won’t do the trick. You’ll end up with an artificial tasting lemonade that way.
- Remember to strain the sugar water when you pour it into the pitcher. That way, the lemon zest doesn’t make its way into your lemonade.
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8 cups of water, divided
- 1 cup of sugar
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1 ½ cups of lemon juice, about 8 lemons
- 2 cups of ice cubes
- Fresh blueberries
- Lemon slices
- Place the blueberries, sugar and 1 cup water in a blender. Blend on medium-high speed for about 1 minute, until the blueberries are completely pureed. Set aside.
- Pour 3 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar into a saucepan. Bring to boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat, add lemon zest into the sugar water. Let sit for 5 minutes or cooled to room temperature! Sometimes, I just put the pan in the fridge to cool it down faster!
- In a large pitcher or jug, add the blueberry puree, lemon juice and the remaining 5 cups of water. Pour COOLED sugar water over a strainer into the pitcher/jug, the strainer will catch the lemon zest. Discard the lemon zest.
- Add ice and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving! Pour over ice and serve with a lemon slice and fresh blueberries!
- Float fresh fruit in each glass for that extra special touch.
I seriously love Homemade Lemonade! While Blueberry Lemonade is one of my favorites, I also like other fruity flavors like Fresh Peach Lemonade and Watermelon Lemonade.
Such a perfect way to cool off!! Thanks for this recipe!
The blueberry is a delicious addition to the lemonade! I don’t think we could just drink regular lemonade anymore. My kids love blueberries!!