Blueberry Lemonade

blueberry lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade ~ skip the sugary soda and make a big pitcher of this all natural fruit drink ~ it’s fresh squeezed, updated with a vivid berry puree, and hydrates like nobody’s business! This is definitely THE drink of the season!

fresh blueberry lemonade with straw

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!

a glass of fresh blueberry lemonade

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.)

a glass of blueberry lemonade with berries and lemon wedge

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.

making blueberry lemonade with fresh blueberries

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.

pouring blueberry puree

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?

making blueberry lemonade

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.

pouring blueberry lemonade into a mason jar
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.
       

 

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 😉

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Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade ~ skip the sugary soda and make a big pitcher of this all natural fruit drink ~ it's fresh squeezed, updated with a vivid berry puree, and hydrates like nobody's business!  This is definitely THE drink of the season!
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 1 quart
Author Sue Moran

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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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  • Reply
    Aubrey Masson
    May 2, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    5 stars
    You suggested using carbonated water, do you suggest replacing the 1/2-3/4 the total water used for preparing the lemonade with carbonated water or 100%? I’m wanting to try the bubly sparkling water in flavor blackberry but I’m not sure how much to use? I made a single glass pouring 1/2 lemonade 1/2 sparkling water and 4-5 tbsp of the blueberry purée but I’m having a hard time really tasting the sparkling water! Think I may have to go all in here girls! ??????

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure you will ever taste a flavored water when you’ve got such powerhouse flavors like blueberry and lemon competing with it, but feel free to replace all of the water with sparkling, and see how you like it.

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