This 4 ingredient easy blueberry lemonade recipe is a simple and refreshing summertime drink. Made from blueberries, sugar, lemons and water, this drink has nothing artificial and it is so much better, and less expensive, than store-bought. This blueberry lemonade is a perfect afternoon thirst-quencher when the temps are climbing and you need something icy cold to sip.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & easy – This fruity blueberry lemonade recipe made from scratch is done in about 30 minutes.
- Make ahead – It lasts for days in the fridge, so you can make it ahead of time to enjoy later.
- Healthier than store-bought – Most premade drinks are loaded with sugar. By making it yourself, you can control the amount of sugar you add.
Easy blueberry lemonade recipe
The temps are warming up here and we could all use a glass of something tart, sweet, and icy cold.
This simple homemade lemonade with blueberries is perfect for enjoying on warm summer days. It’s quick and easy, and you can keep a pitcher of it in the fridge all week.
Store-bought versions of drinks like this tend to be high in sugar and some contain questionable ingredients. This homemade version contains only a handful of ingredients and this drink comes together in no time.
You’ll only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious blueberry lemonade recipe. I start by making a blueberry simple syrup, which can be used for more than just this lemonade.
- Blueberries – The blueberries are used to make a blueberry simple syrup and they are also added to the lemonade.
- Lemon – Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the lemonade its tang.
- Sugar – Adjust the sugar to your personal preference. We need a bit of sugar to balance the tartness of the lemon.
- Water – A bit of water and ice finish off the drink.
How to make
To make this blueberry lemonade recipe, we’ll start by simmering the blueberries for a few minutes in a small pot. Then, when the berries have released their juice, we’ll strain it and combine with freshly squeezed lemon juice and water.
It is that simple to make blueberry lemonade from scratch. Mix everything up in a pitcher and this sweet and tart berry lemonade is ready to sip.
By making the blueberry simple syrup instead of blending the berries, you can drink it through a straw without getting the fruit stuck in it. And would you just look at that color? It’s gorgeous.
Blueberry lemonade recipe FAQ’s
Absolutely. You can make this a day or two ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to drink it.
Yep! Swap out the sugar for a sugar substitute like Splenda or Swerve.
It should last up to a week if stored properly in the fridge.
Making this blueberry syrup for drinks is super simple. Many recipes call for just blueberries, water, and sugar, but those feel a bit one-dimensional. Since we’re making lemonade, a few strips of lemon zest are completely at home here.
Lemon really brightens up the flavor and makes this syrup “pop”. To make the blueberry simple syrup – add water and sugar (or honey, stevia, agave, etc.) to a one quart saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Add the blueberries and lemon, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for roughly 10 minutes, until the blueberries begin to burst. Remove from heat and cool.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer for a crystal-clear blueberry syrup. Don’t toss those blueberries – save them for yogurt, muffins, ice cream or pancakes!
Another option is to purée the blueberry syrup in a blender if you like bits of blueberry in the lemonade.
It is quick and easy, and if you have prefer to make this by the glass instead of a pitcher, you can freeze some of the blueberry syrup for the next time you want to make this lemonade.
Here’s a trick for keeping your blueberry lemonade cold without watering it down – Freeze a cup of blueberries and add a handful to your lemonade instead of ice. Your drink will stay cold and it comes with a built in snack!
Variations and substitutions
- To make this blueberry lemonade recipe a little fancier, consider adding a few sprigs of mint. It gives this lemonade a cooling, herbal flavor.
- You can add the mint to your glass, or to the blueberry syrup as it’s cooling. If you really want to get that mint flavor, use a muddler to lightly crush the leaves in the bottom of your glass before adding the blueberry lemonade. Basil is also a nice addition, as is thyme or lemon thyme.
- Another addition that takes this drink to grown up happy hour is a splash of vodka or limoncello. It makes a great pitcher drink when you are having friends over or hosting a gathering.
And there you have it! A super simple, delicious lemonade recipe to celebrate summer.
Helpful tools and equipment
To make this easy blueberry lemonade recipe, you’ll need a few basics.
- A small pot for making the blueberry syrup.
- To store and serve the lemonade, a glass pitcher works well.
- If you have kiddos, a plastic pitcher may be a better option. I like this one because it is square, so it fits nicely on the shelf.
Summertime cocktails and mocktails
Here are a few summertime drinks that we’re enjoying right now:
- Strawberry iced tea
- Blueberry spritzer (21+)
- Strawberry limeade
- Lemon thyme mint lemonade
- Strawberry lemonade
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- 1 cup blueberry syrup for drinks
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups cold, filtered water
- Additional sugar, if you prefer a sweeter lemonade
- Ice or frozen blueberries for serving
- Make blueberry syrup and set aside to cool.
- In a pitcher, combine ice, 1 cup blueberry syrup, 1 cup fresh lemon juice and 4 cups water.
- Stir to combine and serve over more ice or frozen blueberries.
- Garnish with mint, lemon slices or fresh blueberries.
I use a lot of ice in my glass, so I make the lemonade a little stronger. If you prefer less ice, you can add up to an additional 2 cups of water, if you like the lemonade a bit weaker.
If you are straining the blueberry syrup instead of blending, save those cooked blueberries for yogurt, muffins, ice cream or pancakes!
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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