Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
I woke up Tuesday morning in my warmest pajamas & socks, buried underneath five layers of blankets, still frigid in a 57-degree house, and said, “Great. I have to make lemonade today.”
The blueberry lemonade, of course, has been on my blog post schedule for well over a month now. I scheduled it back when I thought that as crazy as Tennessee springs tend to be, surely it would be warm around here by mid-April. Nope, y’all. Nope. We’ve been fooled a few times, yes. We’ve turned the heat off and told ourselves we wouldn’t turn it back on until at least October. But spring has delivered us snow flurries and frosted cars and trust issues.
And you know what? I’m not changing the blog post schedule just because mid-April around here decided to provide a completely inappropriate environment for this spring/summer drink. In fact, I’ve come up with a new proverb for you, just for the occasion:
“When Tennessee April gives you snow flurries, make lemonade.”
So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to make a pitcher of this sparkling blueberry lemonade, we’re going to sit next to the sunniest window in the house, and we’re going to accept the fact that warm weather will come… eventually. Maybe in July.
If you try this Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade at home, I’d love to hear what you think! Share pictures with me on social media by tagging @thesavvyplate on Instagram or by mentioning my page The Savvy Plate Blog on Facebook!
Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
This sparkling blueberry lemonade recipe provides a fresh, easy, nonalcoholic spring or summer drink to serve as the weather warms up!
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 48 oz. sparkling water (I used a few 12 oz. cans of lemon-flavored sparkling water, but you can use plain or another flavor.)
Start by making blueberry syrup. Add the frozen blueberries, sugar, and water to a saucepan, and gradually increase the heat to a boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar and to keep it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Once it reaches a boil, bring it down for a simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Pour the syrup through a mesh strainer into a bowl, using your spoon to crush the berries press as much blueberry juice into the bowl as possible.
Add fresh lemon juice to the blueberry syrup and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
This will make about 6 servings. If you need to serve all of it at once, start by mixing about 36 ounces of sparkling water into the blueberry-lemon concentrate. Taste the lemonade, and add more sparkling water if desired. OR if you would only like to serve 1 or 2 people lemonade and save the rest for later, mix about 1/2 cup of concentrate with about 6 oz. (half a 12 oz. can!) sparkling water, and serve.
This looks really yummy–albeit, will be much better received in a month or two (or tomorrow! or this afternoon!) Can’t wait to try it!
Cool recipe… just yesterday I’ve drank another lemonade… your idea sounds great, thank you!
Yum! This sounds perfect for the 80 degree day we have going on! I might add some alcohol to the mix too because we’re having company 🙂
Oooh, I’d love to know how that turns out!
This sounds and looks delicious! I love fancy lemonade! I’m definitely pinning this for my next get together.
Berries and lemon are just the best combo!
Oh wow, this sounds so yummy and refreshing!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
This is a great way to brighten the day with a little sunshine flair! Love it!
This sounds and looks so yummy! I’ve been obsessed with strawberry lemonade lately so maybe I’ll have to change it up and try this one!
I considered doing a strawberry lemonade too, actually! I feel like you can’t go wrong with any berry lemonade combo!
This sounds like it would be so incredibly refreshing on a hot summers day! I really want to give this a try with a smidge of vodka too!
Yum! This looks SO delicious and refreshing for summer!
Thank you! I think I need to make it again soon!
I usually keep my lemonade classic – maybe with some mint in it.
It looks really yummy and vibrant!
Oh yum! Mint lemonade sounds so good right now!
This looks SO GOOD! Oh my gosh, I love different lemonades – I am going to try this out today!
Yay! I’d love to hear how it turns out!
This looks so refreshing! What a delicious summer treat. My husband and I have been looking for alternatives to coke and this may just be the sweet, sparkling treat we’ve been looking for!
I’ll warn you, this is still pretty sweet, but it does have the advantage over coke of having identifiable ingredients!!