Easy and delicious sparkling blueberry lemonade. The perfect cool down summer drink!
Around our home, the husband and I are a huge water drinkers. We rarely drink anything but water and milk. In fact, the husband is coming up on about 3 years of no soda. ? While I completely lack his self control, I don’t have soda all that often either. Because of this, pretty much by default, the toddler only drinks water and milk around home too.
So, the other night when we went to some friend’s for dinner and Grey was offered some apple juice, he literally didn’t even know what it was. I’ve never bought him apple juice (am I the worst mom ever?!). He got a sippy cup filled with the juice and he inhaled it. It was gone in less than 5 minutes and he was begging for more. About four cups later and we cut him off, but I vowed to buy him some apple juice soon. Which, by the way, we now have two containers of apple juice in our fridge.
All this said, when we go out to eat and don’t get water, the one thing we all love is flavored (or plain) lemonade. The husband’s favorite is raspberry or strawberry lemonade, Grey will drink just about anything, and my favorite? Blueberry lemonade! (surprise, surprise….)
The very first time I was introduced to blueberry lemonade was in a restaurant. As much as I love lemonade and blueberries, I don’t think I would have ever ordered it. However, because our food was taking an especially long time the server offered us free drinks. They had a poster somewhere in the restaurant with a picture of all of their flavored lemonades and the blueberry one instantly stood out. I ordered it and fell completely in love with blueberry lemonade.
Ever since having that blueberry lemonade I’ve tried to re-create exactly how it tasted and I’ve finally got it down. This sparkling blueberry lemonade is incredible! It’s super sweet, a little tangy, and bursting with blueberry flavor. And yes, the toddler and I drank this all up in an afternoon. Which, I personally feel like makes up for the fact that he had apple juice for the first time in his life just a couple of weeks ago.
This lemonade starts with making a blueberry simple syrup — just sugar, water, and of course blueberries. Once the berries have burst, you strain the mixture which becomes the blueberry syrup and base of this recipe.
That syrup gets mixed with freshly squeezed lemons and sparkling water, and that is IT. Fill up a glass with some ice, fill it up with the best ever sparkling blueberry lemonade, and stay cool in that crazy heat!
- 2/3 cup white sugar superfine is best
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 and 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ~4-5 whole large lemons
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 3 cups sparkling water or club soda
Combine the sugar, water, blueberries, and lemon zest in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat and then simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sugar is melted and blueberries are starting to burst.
Remove from the heat and pass through a fine sieve. Let this blueberry syrup completely cool.
Meanwhile, juice the lemons to get 1 cup lemon juice.
In a large blender, add the blueberry syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Blend until smooth.
Stir in the sparkling water or club soda.