The Best Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry lemonade is an easy-to-make and refreshing beverage to enjoy. Four ingredients are all you need to make this sweet and tangy drink.

Homemade blueberry lemonade served in a pitcher with two poured glasses garnished with a lemon slice and blueberries

The Best Blueberry Lemonade

Warm weather is here and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors with a refreshing beverage. This homemade blueberry lemonade recipe is simple to make and so refreshing.

Homemade blueberry lemonade served in glasses garnished with lemons and blueberries

Fresh squeezed lemons combined with a simple syrup made with fresh blueberries makes a tasty beverage to enjoy.

Homemade blueberry lemonade served in a pitcher with two poured glasses garnished with a lemon slice and blueberries

The recipe is nonalcoholic but you can easily make this a cocktail by adding Vodka or your alcohol of choice.

How to Make Blueberry Lemonade

To make blueberry lemonade, you’ll need just four ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 6 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 cups of water
Sugar, blueberries, lemons on a wooden cutting board

Step One: Make a Blueberry Simple Syrup

Start the simple syrup making process by adding 1 cup of sugar to a medium saucepan.

Sugar in a pan along with fresh blueberries and lemons to make homemade blueberry lemonade

Then add one cup of water and heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

Melted sugar in a pan along with fresh blueberries and lemons to make homemade blueberry lemonade

Add 1 cup of blueberries and bring to a boil.

Simmer for four minutes and then strain the blueberry juice through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

Discard blueberries and let the juice cool.

Straining blueberry juice over a bowl lined with cheesecloth

Step Two: Juice the lemons

Cut lemons in half and juice them. Se the juice aside. My preferred tool for juicing lemons and limes is this handy gadget.

Squeezing a lemon over a strainer

Step Three: Make the Blueberry Lemonade

In a large pitcher, combine the blueberry simple syrup, lemon juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and 5 cups of water. Stir very well.

Hint: If you don’t like a too-sweet lemonade, leave out the 1/2 cup of sugar and taste test. You can always add the sugar if it isn’t sweet enough for your taste.

If desired, add fresh blueberries and lemon slices to the pitcher

Homemade blueberry lemonade served in a pitcher with two poured glasses garnished with a lemon slice and blueberries

Chill the blueberry lemonade and serve over ice. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

The pretty color of this lemonade makes me think of upcoming holidays.

Consider serving it for Mother’s Day, graduation parties, Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, or any day of the week just because it is so delicious!

Yield: 6 servings

The Best Blueberry Lemonade

Homemade blueberry lemonade served in glasses garnished with lemons and blueberries

Blueberry lemonade is an easy-to-make and delicious beverage to enjoy all summer. Four ingredients are all you need to make this sweet and tangy beverage. Add vodka to make this a cocktail!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar, divided
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 6 lemons
  • 6 cups of water, divided
  • Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer

Instructions

    1. Heat one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Add blueberries and bring to a boil.
    3. Simmer for 4 minutes, then strain blueberry juice through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.
    4. Discard blueberries and let the juice cool.
    5. Cut lemons in half and juice them. Set juice aside.
    6. In a large pitcher, add blueberry juice, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 5 cups of water. Stir very well.
    7. (Optional) Add fresh blueberries and lemon slices to the pitcher.
    8. Let chill and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice and fresh blueberries if desired.

Notes

This recipe is made to my desired sweetness, but you may reduce the sugar by ½ cup for a more tart lemonade, or add an extra ½ cup for a sweeter lemonade.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 3gSugar: 54gProtein: 1g

Thanks to all of you who have been checking on me during my treatment. I so much appreciate your blog and FB comments and your kind emails. After taking six days off from treatment, yesterday I was able to knock out treatment number thirteen leaving me with four to go.

The days off were great for my body and left me feeling more energetic and as the days off progressed, my ability to eat and drink increased each day. I’m looking forward to finishing this ordeal so my body can recover and I can start to feel great again.

61 Comments

  1. Paula, that’s great news about your body responding to a few days off.
    Your recipe looks delicious and the photography is amazing! great job! laura

  2. This looks delicious, Paula! I put blueberries in my oatmeal all the time but I’ve never tried them in a drink. Sending you healing vibes and prayers. Four to go!
    Take care friend, Shelley

  3. Yay! So happy that you are increasing in strength and that your appetite is better! Prayers and thoughts are yours each day.
    What a wonderful looking and easy recipe! My family loves lemonade. I have a feeling that this will take over iced tea as their beverage of choice. Thanks for sharing this.
    I’ll be praying that the radiation will be behind you very soon and that the healing will be complete.
    Suzanne

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! I so much appreciate your support and prayers. If all goes well, I’ll be finished on May 11.

  4. Glad things are going ok for you and you feel some better after a few days off treatment. Will be so happy when you have completed this and praying for good health for you . You are such a fighter Paula. So admire your strength and determination. Love and prayer to you.

  5. Good news Paula! I pray that you can take the rest of these treatments soon and as you said, get back to feeling great and enjoying the summer.

  6. Paula,
    You are an inspiration to all. I so look forward to hearing how you’re doing. Twenty years ago, I had advanced breast cancer and God allowed me to survive and out live my prognosis. You just never know what God has in store for you. Thank you for sharing your journey. Oh, and I never went “naked” during chemo either. Thank God for wigs and scarves and straw hats! Praying for you so keep up the good fight!

    1. Thank you for shaing your cancer experience with me. It is wonderful that you are a survivor! I so much appreciate your support.

  7. Blueberry Lemonade – sounds divine!

    Glad to hear you feel somewhat better and are managing the treatments.

    I hope to catch you at the lake sometime this summer. It’s still too chilly for me on the water – can’t stand chugging down the lake with cold wind in my face even when it’s hot on land.

    1. I am the same way! It has to be nice and warm before I want to go out on the boat. I really hope to see you this summer!

  8. Your lemonade sounds amazing! I’m happy you got some days to help you regain your strength for the final push. Here’s praying the last several aren’t so hard on you but are hard on the cancer. Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! I’m still feeling pretty good, thank goodness. When I do the treatments, I try to think about the cancer being zapped away.

  9. Paula, I am so glad to hear that the few days off were good for you. Now on to the finish line with these treatments, and may your body heal fully after that. I look forward to rejoicing with you!

  10. Wow, that looks so good! And I love the way you strained the blueberries. We are not big cooks around here, but last week we whipped up a blueberry recipe and my daughter asked how to strain the blueberries. I was perplexed. Now I know…thanks for the tip!!

  11. So close to the finish line with your treatments! Glad you were able to take a break and that it helped you feel better. Your blueberry lemonade sounds delicious! I like the antioxidant benefits of blueberries and eat them often. But I’m wondering if I could replace the sugar with stevia? I’m off all sugar because of the anti-inflammatory benefits but would love to try this recipe. I guess I should just try it and see what I think. LOL I’ll keep you posted.

    1. I see no reason why you couldn’t replace the sugar with Stevia. I hope that a no sugar diet has really help with inflammation in your body and has made you feel much better.

  12. Thanks for sharing a great recipe and really love blueberries!!!! Great photographs and glad your body has recovered a bit. Strength and prayers to you!

  13. Going to try your blueberry lemonade right away. Sounds so good!!! May all good things come your way throughout this ordeal you’ve been going through.. I admire your courage and great attitude, it really does make a difference in conquering this.

  14. I’m so glad you were able to give your body a few days off Paula. I so appreciate the updates. You’re so close to the finish line. This blueberry lemonade looks delicious! I’m sharing it in my wrap-up blog post on Saturday.

    1. I am so close, Kim! If all goes well, I’ll be DONE on May 11. Yippee! Thank you for including this post in your Saturday wrap-up. I really appreciate it.

  15. Yes! Your photography and staging is amazing! How did you learn that?! All pinned to my beverage board. : )

    So glad that you can look forward to the end of this!

  16. This looks delicious! I’m going to make it this weekend and just maybe add a little vodka 😉 pinned for later ! Thanks

  17. Paula, I am so glad you had a few days rest to recoup a little and get some energy back! Will continue my prayers for you as I know how debilitating these treatments are and how they really zap your energy. And, I can’t wait to try the blueberry lemonade!! Continued strength to you for the rest of these treatments…🌻🌼🌺

  18. This recipe looks wonderful and I’ll have to give it a try. I’m so glad you are feeling better and getting these treatments behind you. Still holding you close in prayer for healing and ease through these last treatments. Have a wonderful weekend.

  19. What a great recipe! I have a new honeyberry bush, well two! Now I am looking forward to making your lemonade recipe!

    1. Thank you so much, Corine! I so much appreciate your prayers and support. If all goes well, I’ll be finished with my treatments tomorrow, 5/11.

  20. Paula!!
    I love this recipe!!! I’m for sure doing it this summer! My girls will love it!! PS I’ve been thinking about praying for you a lot lately!! 🤗 glad to hear your feeling a little bit better!! Pinned!!

    1. Thank you so much for pinning this recipe and for your prayers and support. I had a great weekend and if all goes well, I’ll be finished with treatment tomorrow, 5/11.

  21. This looks so refreshing and those blueberries in the simple syrup would be like little candies. I am going to try this very soon.
    Continued prayers for your healing and strength.
    Big hugs,
    Linda

  22. Today is the day you are DONE! I know that has got to feel so amazing and such a relief. I love this recipe you created.. It is the perfect summer drink to enjoy all season long.

  23. Oh my goodness, Paula, this blueberry lemonade sounds delish! Two of my favourite ingredients in a drink – I can’t wait to try this! My mouth is watering as I write!

  24. I’ve been craving lemonade lately! This looks so yummy. I’m glad you are progressing through treatments and hopefully are able to enjoy the warming weather feeling your best!

  25. Congratulations, you are being featured at the FWF link party. Your summer drink looks perfect for those soon to arrive hot days.

    Thanks for adding it and the other posts to the party 🙂

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