Drinks/ Recipes

sparkling blueberry lemonade

For some reason, yesterday afternoon I was wishing it was already Fall. I think because I was sitting on my computer drooling over these boots when I should have been balancing my budget or something.

Pshhhhhh

Anyway, then I remembered that I had a big bowl of pineapple and rainier cherries in the fridge, cute wedges in my closet and a new black bikini that’s hardly been worn yet, and all of a sudden I was glad it was summer again…and not Fall.

Then I made some of this lemonade and was really glad it was still summer! Oh yes I was.

It’s a pretty drink, wouldn’t you say? Lemonade has always been one of my favorite treats. But not that powered crap stuff. Just thinking about that gives me a cavity. And definitely not crystal light, either! I’m talking good ol’ fashioned lemonade served in frosty Ball jars with colorful straws.

The idea for this refreshing summer drink was born when I realized that I already had a big bottle of blueberry juice leftover in my fridge from making a blueberry almond tart a couple weeks ago.

What’s a girl to do?

Add a splash to her lemonade, that’s what! Along with sparkling water. Sparkles make everything better!

You know what would be really cute that I didn’t even think to do? Freeze blueberries and use them as ice cubes! But you already were thinking that, huh? You’re so smart.

I bet you were also thinking you could add booze to this, weren’t you? Just a little?

Let me know how that works out for you.

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

makes 1 pitcher

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar*

1 cup water

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly about 8 large lemons)

1/2 cup blueberry juice

3 cups cold sparkling water

Directions:

Bring the sugar and water to a simmer on the stove and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour simple syrup into a cup and stick in the fridge to chill for an hour.

When ready to make lemonade, juice lemons then pour lemon juice through a strainer into the pitcher to catch the seeds. Add the chilled simple syrup to the lemon juice along with the blueberry juice and sparkling water. Stir well.

Serve with frozen blueberries and additional lemon slices if desired.

Time:

1.5 hours (Including time to chill simple syrup)

**to make your lemonade less sweet, use 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup

 

 

 

 

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85 Comments

  • Reply
    Molly @ RDexposed
    July 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Ooooh I like the thought of switching up fruit to sip. I need this today, it’s supposed to be over 100 all day and the humidity is supposed to make life miserable..again!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Yummy yummy yummy! Stunning photos Jenna. Just beautiful 😉

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    July 20, 2011 at 4:34 am

    mmm such a great idea to add the blueberries! I can’t wait to try this.

    Cold bubbly beverages are our makeshift ACs! 🙂

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    Daisy
    July 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

    definitely adding vodka! what a pretty drink!

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      Daisy
      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Oh my god, it’s me from the future.

      Vodka would be great in this.

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 20, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I go back and forth about whether I want it to be Fall or Summer — right now I just wish the 100 degree weather would go away. Bring back the high 70s and 80s!

    I’m guessing you buy blueberry juice already made, or can you make it yourself!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 20, 2011 at 4:44 am

    This sounds so refreshing and it looks beautiful!! (PS. Love the boots!)

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    Faith @ For the Health of It
    July 20, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I love that you’re always one step ahead of me – I was thinking about adding a splash of lemonade vodka!

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    Hayley @ Hayley Daily
    July 20, 2011 at 4:54 am

    This is such a great idea! It looks and sounds so refreshing, especially for all of those going through the crazy heat waves in the U.S. It also sounds like the perfect drink to transform into a cocktail. 😉

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 20, 2011 at 4:57 am

    i’ve been dreaming of fall lately too…so weird since it just now is summery in colorado anyway! the fall is just SOOOOO perfect here though and it’s hard not to be reminded of that!

  • Reply
    Jane (Jane, Feeling Fit)
    July 20, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Wow, you’re up early! Do you always wake up before 5 AM??

    And the drink looks yummy 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories
    July 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Cute boots! Do you want them in black? I kind of like the wine better.

  • Reply
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    July 20, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Yum!! And I like the idea about the ice cubes… that would be great for a party!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    July 20, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Beautiful pictures and recipe!! this is perfect for the sweltering weather! The heat has been deathly this week!

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    July 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

    What a refreshing Summer treat!!! 🙂 Yum!! I’m so wanting Fall already too. I’ve had enough of this crazy heat. I need Fall! 😉 Thank you for making Summer bearable with this drink. 🙂

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    Blog is the New Black
    July 20, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This looks amazing! And gorgeous pics, as always!

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    Baking N Books
    July 20, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love summer – but it is so humid here. I can’t quench my thirst and have been drinking a lot of Vitamin water and Coconut Water (which I like!).

    Love the color here – but you lost me after the Bikini 🙁

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    Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I love summer, but it has been so hot these past few days that I am ready for it to cool down!

  • Reply
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 20, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I love all the colors in your photos today. So pretty!

  • Reply
    maria @ Chasing the Now
    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 am

    sounds killer. I’ve been wanting a reason to buy blueberry juice anyway…

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    July 20, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Beautiful! I have some leftover lemons from the my sister’s wedding decorations that need to get used up – I think I just found what to do with them!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

    It looks lovely! And I DIG the COLOR!!! Soooo pretty. And yes, I bet bloob ice cubes would be fun.

    But so would this be fun:
    “I bet you were also thinking you could add booze to this, weren’t you? Just a little?”

    Yes, ma’am indeed 🙂

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I love fall but I would never want to wish the summer away here in NY because after fall comes 6 months of torture/hibernation!
    What a neat twist on lemonade!

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    Cait's Plate
    July 20, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Oh my. Those photos are beautiful. I have a feeling I’m going to see one of these beauties on food gawker pretty soon 😉

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    July 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

    So um, my immediate thought is that this would taste so perfect with some Prosecco.

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    Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke
    July 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    The lemonade looks so bright and cheery. I am vacationing in New Hampshire in a couple weeks in blueberry country! I will most definitely have to give this lemonade with some fresh bluebs!

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    Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    July 20, 2011 at 6:02 am

    This is so cool! I love lemonade and I love blueberries, so why not?

  • Reply
    Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I am a big fan of lemonade. I could drink it all the time.

  • Reply
    Lauren Elizabeth
    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I have those boots in a cognac color and love love love them! I wore them nearly every day last fall/winter. Definitely worth the purchase!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles
    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Oh yummm! …I will let you know how the booze works out for me! 😉
    I’m not quite ready for summer to be over at all, it’s the teacher in me!

  • Reply
    Natalie S.
    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

    That looks fantastic! Perfect for summer… especially with a little splash of vodka 😉

  • Reply
    Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 am

    wow… i would love to have a glass of this right now. looks soo good and can’t wait to try it myself.

  • Reply
    Kristina
    July 20, 2011 at 6:36 am

    That looks so refreshing! Yum

  • Reply
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    July 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I love homemade lemonade and that looks absolutely amazing!

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    Amy
    July 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Looks beautiful, delicious and refreshing! My hubby and I make lemonade/rum/sprite slushies with ice-cubes. But we use the powdered mix b/c that is all I have. I’m kind of ashamed to give out that information. I need to make some good, high-quality homemade (blueberry?) lemonade!

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    DessertForTwo
    July 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

    How perfect! I just bought one of those bubbly water makers! Yum!

  • Reply
    Casey
    July 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

    That looks awesome, Jenna. And as usual–I’m in love with the photos!

  • Reply
    kaila @ healthyhelper!
    July 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

    This looks so incredibly refreshing!

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    Girl in the pink
    July 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

    i love fresh squeezed lemonade – hate the powdered stuff! I’ve done strawberry and raspberry, but never blueberry lemonade! I need to try this on my next day by the pool!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    July 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Ooooh, this looks so refreshing. Definitely a big step up from powdered lemonade drinks!

  • Reply
    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    July 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Blueberry lemonade? Sounds so refreshing and very summertime-ish!

  • Reply
    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    July 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    This looks so refreshing. With temps in the 100’s here, I’m putting this on my list of things to make!

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    Kathryn
    July 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    What a good idea! It looks so pretty and sounds so refreshing!

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    Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    July 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    SO pretty ! Loving the color. Can’t wait for the lemons on my tree to be ready 😉

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    Lauren
    July 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Looks so good – a summer-perfect drink!

    Is it weird that I’m totally missing/yearning to wear boots again? And this is coming from someone who adores the summer. I guess I just adore boots, too.

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    Lisa | Life in Green
    July 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I would drink this regardless of how it tasted…just cause its so beeyooteeful!

    Absolut Citron….I’m thinking would add a nice touch.

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    maria
    July 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    i have those boots in cognac after wanting them two falls ago when they were sold out…..get them!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    July 20, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Such a pretty summer drink! Frozen blueberries would make it even better for sure 🙂

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    kristina@beancakes ?
    July 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    gosh this looks delicious!! your photography is really nice. it’s weird, so many people are mentioning fall lately.
    xo ~ kristina

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    Emily @ Journey to the Center of Manhattan
    July 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    mmmmm… YES PLEASE!

  • Reply
    Katrina
    July 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    This sounds so delish! Yummy recipe!

  • Reply
    Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow. I was just gazing at my lemon pile the other day and thought about making blueberry lemonade. Thank you for clearly picking up on my thoughts. Lol. I love love love anything lemony 😀

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    July 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Looks so yummy and I bet its out-of-this-world refreshing on a hot day. There’s something about drinking juice (booze infused or not) out of a Ball jar that makes the experience more enjoyable. I think the checked tablecloth takes the summeryness up even a notch further. Well played, well played 🙂

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    Maria
    July 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I love the sparkling touch!

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    Alexa @ Simple Eats
    July 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Yum! This looks really refreshing. I love the combo of blueberry and lemon!

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    rachel @ the faded apron shared table
    July 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

    that looks delicious. i was @ a farm to table conference yesterday & they served blueberry infused water. i’d never heard of such a thing? it was raelly sweet and tasty but i’m pretty sure it was just blueberries in water…

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    Chelsea
    July 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    That looks so refreshing. I’ve been dreaming of fall a little too much too.

    My mom surprised me on my birthday week with your Cherry Claufotis and it was delish – great recipe! Only disaster was saying “claufotis” in Texan…:)

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen
    July 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hey, I love you. I was wondering what to do with all that leftover blueberry juice. And I already made another tart! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    Urban Wife
    July 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I am making this tonight because I have a huge bag of lemons and they shall not go to waste! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply
    danielle
    July 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    highly recommend the boots! i got the cognac pair last fall, one of my fav purchases…comfy and go with so many things

  • Reply
    Kelsey @ aslolife
    July 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Those look so good! My husband and I are having some people over for dinner this weekend and these would be perfect with a little added citron vodka!

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    Julia
    July 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Your post is 100% the cause of me ordering these (http://www.endless.com/Madden-Girl-Womens-Zandora-Boot/dp/B00525X2GC). Fall is just around the corner, right?

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    Mellie
    July 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Summer is ALWAYS > fall, especially when there are amazing-looking drinks like this! I have a trillion blueberries right now so this is perfect!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    July 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love this recipe and love the frozen blueberries as ice cubes idea! snap!
    Heidi xo

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’m torn between loving the summer and wishing it were fall too. 😛 I just can’t wait for crisp air, fall hikes, and pumpkin!

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    Tara
    July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    i’ve had those boots (steve madden Intyce) for two years and they still look great! and they’re super comfortable

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    Lee @ in the pink of condition
    July 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, I was totally thinking about adding Blueberry Stoli vodka and then you caught me! 🙂

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    Notyet100
    July 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    This looks so good

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    Corrie Anne
    July 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Oh yeah. I love blueberry. I want to try that!

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    Kim
    July 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    YES! Must make this now. It’s been over 100 degrees for two days now. If that doesn’t call for sparkly lemonade, I don’t know what does!

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    Andrea
    July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love this recipe! I juiced freshly picked blueberries and the lemons and it came out great! Then, I added a shot of tequila and a splash of peach schnapps to each glasss… Very smooth and tasty. The perfect summer drink!

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    emma
    August 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Made this for an open house this weekend and it was sooo good!
    It’ll be added to any party or house warming type event we go to from now on!
    : )

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    Björg @asolosingerinamerica
    April 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Mmm that looks delicious 🙂

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    Tricia
    April 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. This looks so refreshing ~ can’t wait to try the recipe!

    Blessings!

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    Grace (GracefulEats)
    May 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Looks so refreshing, Jenna!

    What brand of sparkling water did you use? We don’t have a WF (or big organic store) in town, so I have difficulty finding a brand I like that doesn’t use aspartame.

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    Carolyn
    July 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hey Jenna! Do you think you could make this drink with fresh blueberries, like you did for the blueberry mojito recipe you posted today? Or are the blueberry syrup and blueberry juice completely different things?

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      July 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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    September 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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