Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade ~ it’s fresh squeezed, updated with a vivid berry puree, and hydrates like nobody’s business ~ it’s definitely THE drink of the season!

 

There isn’t a person alive who’ll turn down a tall icy glass of this fruity lemonade.   I like to keep a jar of blueberry puree in the fridge all summer long so I can whip up a pitcher any time I get the urge.  It’s the perfect beverage for parties and picnics, but it’s a healthy way to quench your everyday thirst, too.  It makes so much sense for kids ~ this all natural fruit drink is as colorful and delicious as their favorite soda, but so much better for them.

TIP: If your kids are hooked on sugary soda, try making this lemonade with carbonated water!

One of the perks of living in Southern California is that there’s a lemon tree in almost every backyard.  As kids my girls used to love harvesting the fallen lemons and mixing up huge vats of lemonade on the back porch.  They squeezed away until they were so sticky they had to jump in the pool, leaving me to clean up the mess.  But it was worth it, fresh lemonade is world’s away from the bottled stuff.  Even if you don’t have a backyard tree, it’s worth lugging home a bag of lemons for this, trust me.  (And I’ll give you instructions for a single serving, too, don’t worry.)

If you search for a basic lemonade recipe on the Internet, almost every one of them will call for a simple syrup.  In other words, they’ll have you heat a mixture of sugar and water together in a saucepan, (or in the microwave,) until the sugar dissolves.  Then you need to cool it down before you can use it to sweeten your lemonade.  Well, I’m here to tell you that that’s horsefeathers!  There’s no need to go to the trouble, sugar dissolves easily in water, so we’ll add ours directly to the lemonade and save the extra steps.  You can use the amount I suggest, or adjust it to your taste.

You’re in control of the amount of sweetener you add to this homemade blueberry lemonade ~ for those of you who don’t do cane sugar, use honey, agave, or your favorite alternative.

I used a pint of fresh blueberries for this colorful lemonade variation ~ that gives you enough to flavor a pitcher-ful. Cooking the berries briefly first brings out their flavor and color, and when you stir the puree into the lemonade, the transformation is beautiful.

Have you ever wondered why sometimes blueberries are red, sometimes purple, and other times blue?

Their pigments are called anthocyanins, and they are the same ones in red cabbage, black rice, blood oranges, and Concord grapes.  Their color changes depending on their pH, and that’s why red cabbage turns from purple to red when you cook it with vinegar, and this blueberry puree, which looks deep purple on its own, turns to a gorgeous magenta shade when mixed into the acidic lemonade.  It also happens when I make PICKLED RED ONIONS.  These are the same pigments responsible for the reds and purples in fall leaves, isn’t that cool?

I like to keep glasses in the freezer and pull them out just before I need them.  The blueberry lemonade will be extra frosty that way.


I use my favorite wide mouthed mason jars for serving, and because lemonade just cries out for a straw I keep a stash of both striped paper and eco-friendly stainless steel straws on hand.  If I’m serving a crowd, I’ll fill a big glass drink dispenser.  Click on the photos more more info.
       

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This is just the latest example of my ongoing obsession with blueberries and lemon.  I highly recommend my BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI SNACK CAKE WITH LEMON BUTTERCREAM, or my BLUEBERRY LEMON SHORTCAKE, if you think you might have caught the obsession too ;)

Blueberry Lemonade

Yield: makes 1 1/2 quarts, or 6 servings

Blueberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • I cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (juice of 5-6 lemons)
  • 1/2 sugar (or an appropriate amount of your favorite alternative)
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberry puree (recipe below)
    blueberry puree
  • 1 pint (2 cups fresh blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. First make the blueberry puree ~ rinse the berries and put them in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until softened and deep purple. Puree the mixture in a blender until completely smooth. Put in the refrigerate to chill.
  2. To make the lemonade, put the water and lemon juice into a pitcher, add the sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add most of the blueberry puree (you may not want to use all the puree, taste and adjust the amount to your liking.) Mix well and chill until ready to serve.
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Make it your own:

  • For a single serving of blueberry lemonade, mix 1 cup water with the juice of 1 lemon.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and stir until it dissolves.  Mix in about 3 tablespoons of the blueberry puree.  Chill and serve over ice.
  • Try this with raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries. 
  • If you need to, you can use frozen berries.

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie Oliver
    June 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I made both blueberry puree and raspberry puree. I made the lemonade separately and popped it in the fridge. That way, I could finish my lemonade according to my preference. They are both equally delicious. The raspberry is a bit more tart, so I have added a little bit of sugar to balance it. Either way, super refreshing. Maybe later on I’ll add some vodka for an end of the day treat. ? Thanks for the blueberry lemonade suggestion.

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      Sue
      June 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      I’m jealous of your refrigerator stash ~ thanks for taking the time to come back and comment Stephanie :) And the vodka sounds divine…

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    Ann Marie Torrey
    June 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I can’t wait to make this, But I have to disagree on not using simple syrup, I believe and tested recipes without cooking the sugar and water, simple syrup is far superior

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      Sue
      June 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Definitely use it if you like, Ann Marie, I know most people do it that way, but I have to say I honestly couldn’t tell the difference!

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    Susan
    June 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

    The one thing I miss about living in SoCal is having a lemon tree (well, and the apricots, apples, plums and other citrus). When my tree didn’t have fruit, one of the neighbors’ trees did, so we all shared. Even though I’m happy drinking plain water, I may just have to try this.

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      Sue
      June 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

      If I ever move away I know that will be one of the things I really miss too…I guess I better make the most of it all while I can!

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    Susan
    June 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Such a refreshing idea, Sue! Gotta try this soon as I always have blueberries on hand for my smoothies.

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    Pam
    June 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

    This recipe sounds great, can not wait to try it!! This gives me more options to drink than water and fruit infused water, tea.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    So pretty! I have pounds of blueberries in the fridge and I have to make a batch of this lemonade over the weekend!

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    Linda L.
    June 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Please don’t ever seek treatment for that blueberry-lemon obsession of yours and keep the recipes coming! They’re terrific.
    About your lemon tree – can’t you just plant a new tree now so that, when this one is no longer producing, you’ll still have a lemon crop coming in? As for the people stealing fruit from trees – there’s a very hot corner in hell reserved for them where they’ll be able to see others getting refreshed with tall, cool glasses of lemonade but never have any! They’ll also be able to hear the chinking of the ice against the glasses! Then they’ll be sorry.

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    June 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Oh how I would LOVE a lemon tree in my back yard, but until then (if ever), I’ll just lug a bag home from the store! (do you ship?)…. I LOVE making fresh fruit sippers for summer. Indeed controlling the sugar is the best! And these fizzy drinks (if carbonated water is added) are way better than anything you can buy at the store (and SO easy!). Delicious work Sue! The color is gorgeous! :D

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    Gerlinde@ Sunnycovechef
    June 8, 2017 at 9:28 am

    What a great looking lemonade, I am going to make it as soon as I get some lemons from my neighbor, my lemons have been picked by other people.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 8, 2017 at 10:15 am

      I feel sorry for people who have their fruit trees in the front yard ~ my friend had all her Meyer lemons picked clean!

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    Guy23
    June 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Oh, man. Reading a book in the back yard on a warm summer day with a tall glass of this to sip on – heaven!

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    Mimi
    June 8, 2017 at 5:43 am

    This is wow gorgeous! Almost too prettty to drink. Almost…

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 8, 2017 at 5:18 am

    This is going to become my drink of choice this summer Sue! I can never get enough of the blueberry lemon combo!. Can’t wait to grab some blueberries and try!

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    Liz
    June 7, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I add raspberries to our lemonade a lot, but the vibrant color of this blueberry version is enough to sway me to another berry! Just gorgeous and perfect for summer sipping!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    June 7, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    What gorgeous lemonade. I would probably drink the entire pitcher! But blueberries are good for you-you know?

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    Ann Marie Torrey
    June 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Hi Sue, cannot wait for all this rain to go away and get some warmth and sunshine, my question is wouldn’t a simple syrup be better than just adding sugar to cold water? I feel the sugar does not really dissolve enough to cold water, or maybe adding the sugar to warm water? all I know is that the sugar does not blend as well when using just cold water.

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      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      I talk about this briefly in the post, Ann Marie ~ most recipes call for a simple syrup, but I experimented and found that there’s no need, the sugar dissolves almost instantly, (you need to stir it once or twice, and it takes a minute or two) and completely, in water, or lemonade. I then researched it and science backs me up :) I do think that if you were to try to add massive amounts of sugar, a syrup would be best.

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    2 sisters recipes
    June 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

    We have the same obsession with blueberry and lemons! Just need a 36 hour day to make all these recipes on out to- do list! Lol ! This blueberry lemonade sounds delicious and can’t wait to try this recipe !

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Haha! I know, my blueberry lemon to-do list is pretty long, too :)

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    June 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Looks gorgeous! I’m adding vodka to mine!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Oh I forgot to mention that Karen ~ cheers!

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    bessie
    June 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    If I used strawberries would I still cook them first ?

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

      To get the same effect yes, I would cook them down to develop the flavor and create a richer puree. You can puree the raw fruit and add it, too, but I prefer to cook it briefly.

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    Milena | Craft Beering
    June 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Gorgeous and of course I will use the sugar:) I love the info on the anthocyanin pigment changing color when the pH skews towards acidic. That explains why in blueberry sour ales when lactobacillus ferments the blueberry fructose the color of the beer becomes a deep magenta or sometimes a less intense pink, I guess depending on the malts used and the quantity of blueberries relative to the volume of ale being fermented. Fascinating stuff.

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 7, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Great pictures! Particularly like the overhead shot — so pretty. And this looks SO good! Love the combo of lemons and blueberries. Thanks!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I love this Sue! I’m going to try it tomorrow night with Splenda for a diabetic friend who’s coming for dinner! So pretty and fun!

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      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Oh that sounds great, I’m sure it will become a new favorite for her. I don’t know much about artificial sweeteners, but recently I tasted Stevia, I wonder if that would be good, it seems like it might be more natural than some of the others.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 7, 2017 at 6:01 am

    So gorgeous! And I am of course totally jealous of the lemon trees. But I can buy lemons, so I’ll be trying this. Love fresh lemonade all summer long :)

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      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Our current tree isn’t super healthy ~ they have a lifespan of about 50 years, and they were planted all over ‘the valley’ here in lost angles about that long ago, so I’m afraid going forward there may be fewer and fewer backyard trees. We’ll enjoy ours while we can!

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    Andy Gibbs
    June 7, 2017 at 5:34 am

    This post is a visual delight. You tempt too much with your pics and post. I now have a clock ticking in my head which says i have to try this before the week is out. I however avoid sugar and i am going to replace that with honey.

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      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Thanks Andy! I actually tried this without any sugar, thinking the berries might sweeten the lemons enough, but the sweetener was needed, and it helps bring out the flavors, too. I think if you made strawberry lemonade you wouldn’t need any at all.

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    June 7, 2017 at 4:28 am

    So gorgeous and I bet it is deliciously refreshing. So much better than bottled juice or soft drinks! Thanks for this wonderful recipe Sue :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

      I’m on a mission to replace bottled soda and juice, Tricia!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    June 7, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I don’t think I have ever had a blueberry lemonade..actually not even sure I even had any lemonade at all because I grew up drinking hot tea, even in hot summer days. Love to try this because of its amazing colour.

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      Sue
      June 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

      I guess lemonade is as all-American as your tea is British. The color adds to the fun of this, for sure :)

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