It’s another hot summer, and I’m craving lemonade. There’s just something about that sweet, tart, deliciously cold drink that screams summer. I’ve tried a few lemonade recipes, and they all have involved adding some type of herb–rosemary, mint, and even lavender. This time I wanted to try something a little different. Easy Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade sounds like just the ‘little different’ that I need. Blueberry and lemon is a wonderful combination, so making it into lemonade just has to be good. And there’s only one way to find out… Let’s make it!
Easy and delicious sparkling blueberry lemonade. The perfect cool down summer drink!
Since the recipe has the word easy in the title, it’s no surprise that there are only a handful of ingredients. I had the sparkling water and sugar (and the ice and water, of course!) on hand, so I only had to shop for 2 ingredients.
The blueberries were the priciest item of the bunch at $4, and the lemons were just under $4. I also bought some fresh mint to garnish my blueberry lemonade. It was just over $2 and completely optional. I just wanted to make my lemonade look pretty for photos ?
Making this blueberry lemonade recipe was simple, but it took a bit longer than the 10 minutes listed:
- 14 minutes to prep
- 2 hours to chill*
- 1 minute to mix
- 2 hours 15 minutes total
*I’m assuming the time listed didn’t include chilling the blueberry syrup, so I’m using 15 minutes as my time for comparison.
The 14 minutes of prep time includes typical prep work (zesting the lemon, measuring the other ingredients, etc.), simmering the blueberry syrup for 7 minutes, and straining the syrup after. I was also able to juice the lemons while the blueberries were on the stove.
That was the bulk of the work. The rest was chilling the blueberry syrup and mixing everything together. I knew I wouldn’t drink all of the lemonade in a day, so I didn’t mix it all in a pitcher.
Instead, I mixed the lemon juice with the syrup and made individual glasses. This recipe made a touch over 2 cups of syrup, and the ratio I used was 2 parts sparkling water to 1 part syrup mixture. I got all mathematical and worked out the ratio based on the amount of syrup versus 1 liter (4.25 cups) of sparkling water.