An easy twist on a classic, Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade is fun and festive for summer. Made with homemade blueberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and sparkling water, each sip of this non-alcoholic treat is sweet, tart, and oh so delicious.
Magical summer lemonade
The sun is hot, the berries are ripe, and you need a drink in your hand to reflect the summer vibes.
That’s why I’m infusing berries into this super fun and crowd-pleasing Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade. Homemade blueberry syrup and fresh lemon juice are mixed with fizzy sparkling water. One sip and you’re in love!
The deep purple-red color in each glass is enough to impress a group. Better yet, this homemade lemonade recipe is so easy! You can put a pitcher together in no time.
Serve each glass of this non-alcoholic blueberry lemonade with extra ice, fresh blueberries, and even a lemon twist. If you’re a huge fan of blueberries, you won’t want to miss out on my blueberry galette. The two together will make for the most magical meal.
All about lemonade
The drink we all know and love, lemonade was invented with summer in mind. Fresh, homemade lemonade is a breeze to make. All you have to do is juice some lemons, then stir in white granulated sugar and water.
Classic lemonade can easily take on a variety of different flavors, like blueberry, raspberry, hibiscus, or peach. Most importantly, lemonade goes well with alcohol! Pour an ounce of either vodka, gin, or tequila in individual servings for a tasty and boozy beverage.
The ingredients you need
Fresh, summery ingredients are all you need in this sparkling blueberry lemonade:
I love making homemade syrups (like my chamomile syrup) because they’re so easy. You’ll be surprised once you begin infusing different flavors into simple syrup. I even did it with dried hibiscus flowers in my Sparkling Hibiscus Lime Punch.
This blueberry syrup can be made with either fresh or frozen berries. Just note that frozen blueberries will take a little longer to boil into syrup. Head to your local farmer’s market between May and July for plump and juicy in-season berries.
You can make this syrup your own and swap out the blueberries if they aren’t your thing. Try raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or boysenberries instead.
The flavor from freshly squeezed lemon juice in lemonade is unbeatable. I highly recommend juicing the lemons yourself using a citrus reamer but if you don’t feel like it, no problem! Go ahead and use bottled lemon juice if that’s what you have at home.
The finishing touch! Pouring in sparkling water right before serving will make this lemonade super fizzy and bubbly. You can use still water if that’s more your style, or even tonic.
Not surprisingly, lemonade tastes great with a little alcohol. This recipe is booze-free but would be delicious with sparkling wine taking the place of sparkling water. Try a dry option like prosecco or cava.
Looking for something a little stronger? Try the lemonade with a clear liquor, like gin, vodka, or tequila. Add 1 to 1.5 ounces of liquor to each individual serving, depending on how boozy you or your friends like.
How to make blueberry syrup
All you need are blueberries, water, and white sugar to make this easy homemade blueberry syrup:
Step 1: Combine the blueberries, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan.
Step 2: Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the berries have burst and the sugar has dissolved.
Step 3: Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, using a spoon or spatula to press out all of the juice. Allow it to cool completely before adding it to the lemonade.
Putting it all together
Putting the sparkling blueberry lemonade together is so easy! Enjoy every sip with these simple steps:
Step 1: Pour the blueberry syrup and lemon juice into a large pitcher.
Step 2: Add in the sparkling water in the pitcher before you're ready to serve and stir well.
Step 3: Pour the blueberry lemonade in a glass with lots of ice and garnish with fresh mint and blueberries!
Making it ahead of time
Homemade blueberry syrup can be made up to 5 days ahead of time. Bottle it and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make the lemonade.
You can mix the syrup and lemonade together in a pitcher the night before serving. Store it in the fridge overnight, then pour in the sparkling water when you’re ready to serve.
Blueberries and fresh mint make for the perfect garnish. Keep a small bowl of blueberries in the freezer and add a few to each glass. They’ll keep your drink cool and keep each glass looking beautiful!
Even though this recipe is super easy, you can always make it even easier by following my helpful recipe tips:
Straining the blueberry syrup twice will get as much of the cooked blueberries out of the mixture as possible. A fine-mesh strainer will be your best friend. I find that straining the mixture is easier once it comes off of the stove, but you can also wait until it’s completely cool.
I recommend garnishing each glass with fresh or frozen blueberries and a sprig of mint. Both will help each sip taste cool and refreshing. Even better, use a lemon twist from your juiced lemon rinds.
Time to party!
Okay, friend! Now it's time for you to make a batch of this tasty lemonade and party with your friends.
When you make a batch, make sure to snap of pic of it and tag me @cupofzest so I can see how much you loved it!
Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups sparkling water
- blueberry syrup
- Combine blueberries, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the berries have burst and sugar has dissolved about 8 minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing out all the juice.
- Allow the syrup to cool completely before using.
- Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher and serve over ice!
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