Cool down with the ultimate blueberry lemonade! Homemade blueberry syrup mixed with refreshing lemonade, topped off with some bubbly club soda!
This is one of my Drink recipes I know you’ll want to keep on hand!
Summer may be officially over, but I like to serve summery drinks year round! They’re cool, bubbly, and fun to drink.
I love the sweet homemade blueberry simple syrup (plus the fun pink/purple color it gives the drink), mixed with the tangy tartness of the lemonade, and the bubbly fizz from the club soda… it’s the perfect combination!
This blueberry lemonade is so perfect for entertaining! Imagine you and your guests, having fun while holding an ice cold glass of this lemonade.
Since it’s non-alcoholic, the kids can enjoy it too! My daughter always referred to this as “the pink drink” when she was younger.
How to make sparkling blueberry lemonade?
This is just an overview; the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card toward the bottom of this post.
- Heat water and sugar. Over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Add blueberries.
- Boil. Boil for about 5 minutes, until blueberries are breaking down.
- Strain. A fine mesh sieve is great for this. Let cool.
- Add concentrate.
- Pour in club soda. Add soda and water, being careful that the pitcher doesn’t overflow from the fizz.
- Chill. Cover and chill for a few hours, or until cold.
- Add syrup to glass. Fill it up about 1/4 of the way.
- Add ice and lemonade.
- Add club soda. Just a splash to top it off.
- Garnish. If desired, add a lemon slice, a couple of blueberries and a sprig of mint.
Garnishes are always optional, but with drinks they add such a fun and bar/restaurant-style look!
Variations of this recipe
- From scratch – I usually make this with lemonade concentrate, or a bottle of pre-made lemonade, to make this drink even easier… but if you want to make the lemonade from scratch, the full directions for that are below the recipe in the “Chef Tips” section.
- Frozen blueberries – we pretty much always have fresh blueberries on hand (our son is obsessed with berries), but in case you don’t have any, frozen blueberries will also work.
- Other sparkling options – instead of club soda, feel free to use seltzer, sparkling water, or even lemon lime soda (although this will make the lemonade pretty sweet).
- Alcohol – if you wanted to add a splash of clear liquor, I certainly won’t stop you! Vodka, silver or white rum, or tequila are great options. To add fizz and alcohol, try some champagne or prosecco!
Yes! You can take the method of making the blueberry simple syrup and use any of your favorite, or seasonal fruits, to make a flavored syrup. Strawberries and raspberries are two of our favorites!
You can serve this blueberry lemonade two ways. Both are equally delicious, it just comes down to how you want the drink to look.
- You can pour the blueberry simple syrup into the lemonade pitcher and mix it all together. Then just pour into individual serving glasses and garnish with a few blueberries, slices of lemon and sprig of mint.
- Or you can go for the ombre look, like I did in these photos. Just fill a glass about 1/4 of the way full with blueberry simple syrup, add some ice to a glass, then slowly pour in lemonade, top with a splash of club soda, and garnish with blueberries, slices of lemon, and a sprig of mint.
Making blueberry lemonade ahead of time
While I don’t recommend making the whole pitcher ahead of time, you can absolutely make the simple syrup ahead.
Just store it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week.
Leftover lemonade should be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Drink it within a week for the best flavor.
The club soda will go flat, so when you serve it, just add a splash of new club soda to each glass.
Recipe was originally published in June of 2016, but has been updated in September 2021 with new photos and additional information.
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Blueberry Simple Syrup
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 (12 oz) can lemonade concentrate thawed
- 1 liter club soda chilled
- 2 cups cold water
- additional club soda for garnish
- Fresh blueberries for garnish
- slices Lemon for garnish
- Mint sprigs for garnish
Make simple syrup
- Add water and granulated sugar to small saucepan and heat over MED heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Add in fresh blueberries and boil for 5 minutes, until blueberries are breaking down.
- Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.
- To a large pitcher, add thawed lemonade concentrate, cold water and slowly pour in chilled club soda. Be careful, it will fizz up a lot.
- Stir to combine well and place in refrigerator to chill.
- Pour a little blueberry simple syrup in the bottom of serving glass, top with ice, pour in lemonade, top with a splash of club soda if desired. Garnish with fresh blueberries, lemon slices, and mint sprigs.
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- If you’d prefer, add blueberry simple syrup directly to pitcher of lemonade.
- Makes approximately 8 cups of lemonade.
The Chunky Chef is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.