Homemade Blueberry Lemonade with Blueberry Simple Syrup
This blueberry lemonade recipe is really easy to make from scratch, and you only need a few simple ingredients. Everything can be found at your local grocery store and whipped up in minutes! This drink can also be used as a mixer for alcohol and is great non-alcoholic beverage option too. For me, freshly squeezed lemon juice is the key ingredient to really make this lemonade recipe shine!
Servings: 8 people
For the Lemonade Base;
- 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice about 6 large lemons
- 3 cups of cold water
- 1 cup plus more to taste blueberry simple syrup
For the Blueberry Simple Syrup;
- 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries you can also substitute strawberries or cherries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
To Make the Blueberry Simple Syrup;
Combine the blueberries, water, and sugar into medium sized saucepan and place of medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Bring to a low boil. Let cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once cooked, remove from the heat. Using a potato masher, gently press the fruit to release the juices. Let cool slightly.
Using a fine mesh sieve and rubber spatula, strain the syrup into a large bowl, and press down on the solids to release any extra juices. Discard the solids.
Pour the blueberry simple syrup into a glass jar with a tightly fitted lid. Chill.
To Make the Lemonade Base;
To Make the Blueberry Lemonade;
Version #1 Add 1 cup (plus more to taste) of the blueberry simple syrup to the lemonade base and stir. Taste and adjust the sweetness. Add ice to the pitcher and enjoy!
Version #2 Using individual tall Collins glasses, add 2-3 tablespoons of the fruit syrup, and then fill the glass 3/4 full of ice.
Next, slowly pour the lemonade base. The drink will have this wonderful color gradient. Garnish with edible flowers and mint. Don’t forget to stir your drink before enjoying!