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The Best Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

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This Blueberry Lemonade Recipe is perfectly made for summer.  There’s nothing better than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day and this homemade lemonade is fruity, refreshing, and ready in minutes. You don’t even need a blender!

Two glasses of blueberry lemonade with blueberries and a pitcher off to the side.

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Summer is blueberry season here in Maine and boy do we love to put blueberries in everything! From muffins to cookies, and even BBQ sauce, these sweet little berries are abundant and beloved all around New England.

This lemonade recipe is extremely easy to make and makes an impressive refreshment at a brunch or a summer lunch (with some Lobster Rolls), or perfect as the base for some adult beverages in the evening under the stars. Blueberry vodka lemonade, anyone? 

Why This Is The Best Fresh Blueberry Lemonade

  • Extremely easy recipe to make and ready in minutes.
  • Impressive at brunch or a summer lunch.
  • No special equipment is needed. Not a stovetop or even a blender.
  • It’s the ultimate summer refresher. You might even say this homemade lemonade is a little bit of summer in every sip.

Ingredients

This easy blueberry lemonade recipe uses fresh, simple, ingredients with delicious results.

Blueberries, sugar, and lemon peel in a bowl.
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – I use fresh lemons. It just doesn’t feel the same using bottled lemon juice.
  • Fresh Blueberries – I definitely recommend fresh blueberries when in season, but you can use frozen berries if good blueberries aren’t easy to find in your area.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cold Water 
  • Lemon Slices – for garnish

Step by Step Instructions

This homemade lemonade recipe couldn’t be simpler to make and you’ll be enjoying a refreshing glass in no time at all.

Step 1

Before juicing the lemons, peel 1 lemon with a vegetable peeler. Place the lemon peel pieces in a mixing bowl with the blueberries and sugar.

Step 2

Berries and lemon peel tossed in sugar in a bowl.
mashed berries in a bowl

Using a fork or small potato masher, crush the berries with sugar and lemon peel until the berries are completely pulverized.

Step 3

Blueberries in juice with lemon peel in a glass bowl.

Add the fresh lemon juice and stir well. Let the blueberry puree mixture sit for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves.

Step 4

strained blueberry syrup in a pitcher

Strain the blueberry lemon mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Press out as much juice from the berry pulp. Discard the seeds and peel.

Step 5

A pitcher of lemonade with lemon and blueberries on the side.

Add the cold water, stir, and serve over plenty of ice.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Lemon and all ingredient amounts can be adjusted to suit personal tastes.
  • You can swap some of the sugar for honey, agave, or maple syrup, this will add a slightly smokier flavor! You can also try using a little hot honey or jalapeno honey for an extra zip.
  • Frozen berries can be used in place of fresh.
  • Add vodka or gin or Moscato for a deliciously refreshing adult beverage!
Overhead image of a glass of lemonade with a bowl of blueberries and lemon slices on the side.

Tips & Tricks

These are a few helpful tips and tricks to get the best results

  • Muddling the fruit with the sugar and lemon peel releases the oils and extra juices in the fruits really combining that sweet blueberry flavor with the tart lemon juice!
  • Letting the sugar sit in with the muddled fruit juice allows the sugar to dissolve without heating it.
  • Use fresh lemons and berries that are in season for the most flavorful lemonade varieties like raspberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade, or even watermelon lemonade.
  • You can pour leftover lemonade into popsicle molds with a few extra blueberries for a great icy treat on a hot day.

How to Serve

There’s no wrong way to serve this sweet summertime drink. 

  • Serve this refreshing lemonade cold and over ice.
  • You can mix it with some club soda or sparkling water for a lemon spritzer
  • You can also add it to some Prosecco or put in a little tequila or mezcal, gin, or vodka for a fancy adult beverage.

Tip: Serve it in chilled mason jars with a lid for easy picnic transport!

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Overhead image of a glass of lemonade with a bowl of blueberries and lemon slices on the side.

Fresh Blueberry Lemonade

Yield: 8 1/2 Cups
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Simple and refreshing homemade blueberry lemonade. Made with fresh blueberries and lemons, this is a New England summer in a glass!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) fresh blueberries
  • The peel from one lemon
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices and fresh berries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, lemon peel, and blueberries to a medium sized bowl. Mash the mixture with a fork until the berries are completely pulverized.
  2. Add the lemon juice and stir. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Press out as much juice from the berry pulp. Discard the blueberry skins, seeds, and lemon peel.
  4. Add cold water to the pitcher. Stir and serve.

Notes

  • I use about 7 jumbo lemons for the lemon juice. You'll need twice as much from smaller lemons.
  • Frozen blueberries can be used in place of fresh berries. Thaw first before mashing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

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