Few things are as refreshing as fresh-squeezed juice, especially flavored lemonades! These blueberry lemonade recipes are just what you need to welcome the summer and our long-awaited gardening season.
Set aside about an hour to make this delicious, fresh-squeezed blueberry lemonade recipe with (or for) your family!
(And keep reading for the fun mommy—or daddy—version!)
Kid-Friendly Blueberry Lemonade
Once you have a really awesome lemonade recipe, you can easily adapt it to feature other fun fruity flavors!
Strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and blueberry lemonade are our favorites – but the possibilities are endless.
My five-year-old, Olivia, made this with me and it was a huge hit. I can only imagine if we froze it into popsicles!
Homemade Blueberry Lemonade Recipe
- Juice jar
Simple Syrup for Lemonade
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice Bottled is okay if fresh is not available.
- 1-2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups cold water (or more to taste)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Make a batch of simple syrup – heat up one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a pot on the stovetop until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature.
- Make the lemonade – Squeeze the juice of four fresh lemons or until you get a full cup of lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to the simple syrup in a pitcher or juice jar. Next, add two cups of cold water, give or take, to reach the desired taste.
- Add crushed ice to each person's glass.
- Drop blueberries on top of the ice.
- Use a spoon to muddle and crush the blueberries against the ice and the side of the glass. Keep mixing until the berries release some juice. Keep the pulp in the glass.
- Add more ice if desired. Pour lemonade on top and enjoy!
- I find that the lemonade tastes most delicious and stays freshest if you muddle the blueberries on demand. Avoid mixing up a whole pitcher with the crushed blueberries unless you plan to drink it all that same day.
- You can easily adjust the amount of blueberries to your liking or simply swap for another kind of fruit! Try this blueberry lemonade recipe with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or other flavors your family loves!
Our daughter couldn’t get enough of this blueberry lemonade, and she couldn’t stop talking about it!
In fact, she asked me if we could make more, before we even finished making the first batch!
How to Freeze Blueberries
Instead of using extra ice at the end, you can simply use frozen blueberries to chill your drink. Here’s how:
- Make a single layer of blueberries on a small cookie sheet or even a plastic storage container.
- Place the container in the freezer.
- Remove the frozen blueberries from the freezer after several hours.
- Jostle the berries to make sure they haven’t frozen together. Break apart any that have.
- Transfer them into a plastic zip-seal bag.
- Enjoy on demand!
TIP: Freezing fresh blueberries works best!
Adult Variations of Blueberry Lemonade Cocktails
I know, I know. Isn’t this a blog about gardening with kids? Yes, yes, it is. But, but, but – I’ve got to have something for the hardworking Mamas! (and Dads?!?)
So here you have it – the grownup version of my blueberry lemonade recipe above. Add your favorite spirit and enjoy summer sipping after a long day in the garden.
Blueberry Lemonade Patrón
You may enjoy the Bread Winner cocktail featuring Patrón Silver. Or, for a spin on a flavored margarita, you might enjoy this blueberry lemonade Patrón cocktail.
- 1.5 oz Patrón Silver
- 2 oz blueberries (give or take)
- Fresh-squeezed lemonade
- Crushed ice
- Rocks glass
- Add crushed ice to a rocks glass.
- Add fresh blueberries on top of the ice.
- Muddle the blueberries against the ice and the side of the glass with a spoon.
- Pour 1.5 oz of Patron Silver on top of the ice.
- Top with fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Blueberry Vodka Lemonade
Lemonade and vodka is a drink that will always hold a dear spot in my heart. It reminds me of when I first hung out with my now-husband in college.
Me: “What are you drinking?”
Me: “Just lemonade?”
Him: “Want some?”
And it was the most delicious lemonade I’ve ever had and probably will ever have.
Although, that won’t stop me from making other fun lemonade cocktails!
So, with that in mind, here’s a truly delicious spiked blueberry vodka lemonade.
- 1.5 oz vodka
- Fresh-squeezed lemonade
- Crushed ice
- 2 oz. blueberries (give or take)
- Add crushed ice to your glass.
- Add most of the blueberries.
- Use a long-handled spoon to crush and break up the blueberries against the ice and the side of the glass.
- Pour in 1.5 ounces of your preferred vodka.
- Top off with fresh-squeezed lemonade.
- Enjoy a taste test and adjust strength or flavors if desired.
Final Thoughts: Blueberry Lemonade
I am especially excited about these blueberry lemonade recipes because we are growing our own blueberries!
Right now, our blueberries aren’t producing very much, but I hope they will be soon.
Are you growing blueberries? Do you have a favorite blueberry drink recipe? Let’s chat in the comments below!
By the way, if you enjoyed this post, you might also like my post on propagating blueberry plants from cuttings.