Maine Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

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Blueberry lemonade is an amazing way to stay chill this summer. And, I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of tickled that I got to make this with Maine blueberries, IN MAINE!!

This homemade lemonade recipe uses only natural, clean ingredients that feel great on a hot summer day. And guess what? You can make it with Maine blueberries too, because the majority of blueberries sold in the entire USA are from Maine! So pour this over a generous helping of ice, sit back, and sip your troubles away. Even if you aren’t in Maine.

A glass pitcher and glass sit filled with Blueberry Lemonade on a cutting board. A bowl of blueberries sits to the right.

What Does Blueberry Lemonade Taste Like?

To sum it up, it tastes like blueberries! Shocker, I know. But this one has a twist to it. It also has a hint of fresh basil, which pairs with the blueberry lemonade beautifully. It’s a sip of summer in a glass.

What Are The Benefits Of Blueberry Lemonade?

Blueberry juice offers a high amount of vitamin C, which plays a key role in the synthesis of collagen. Collagen helps keep your skin, cartilage, tendons, and blood vessels healthy. Blueberries are generally very high in antioxidants. They are considered a superfood.

A glass pitcher full of ice and Blueberry Lemonade sits next to a wooden bowl of blueberries on a wood cutting board.

About The Ingredients

Fresh blueberries – Get the biggest, juiciest blueberries you can find.

Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice tastes best, but you can use bottled in a pinch. Just make sure there’s no added sugar. There’s no point in adding lemonade to your lemonade.

Water – Use good filtered water you feel comfortable drinking.

Maple syrup – Use the real stuff. Not pancake syrup. You can also use honey or another sweetener if you prefer. Just make sure it will dissolve completely in the lemonade.

Lemon zest – This is optional but very good.

Fresh basil leaves – When you pack the measuring cup, you don’t have to go crazy trying to cram an entire bunch in there. Just do your best to get a full third cup. If you don’t want to use basil, fresh mint is a good alternative.

Ice cubes – Use as much as you need.

Blueberries and lemon slices – For garnish. Optional.

How To Make Blueberry Lemonade

Fresh blueberries sitting in a blender tumbler.
Blending blueberries in a blender.

In a blender or food processor, blend the fresh blueberries until they form a smooth puree.

Pressing blueberry pulp through a mesh strainer.
Leftover blueberry pulp in a mesh strainer.

Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any skins, reserving the blueberry puree.

Pouring water into a large mixing bowl.
Pouring lemon juice into a large mixing bowl with water.
Pouring sweetener into a mixing bowl of water and lemon juice.

In a large pitcher, combine the water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sweetener. Stir well.

Pouring blueberry puree into a bowl of lemon juice, water and sweetener.
Stirring the Blueberry Lemonade liquids together in a large mixing bowl.

Add the blueberry puree. Then taste and adjust the amount of sweetener to suit your taste preferences. The sweetness of the berries may vary, so adjust accordingly.

Adding fresh basil leaves to a pitcher of Blueberry Lemonade.

Tear the basil leaves and add them to the pitcher, lightly bruising them with a spoon to bring out the flavor. Then grate the lemon zest directly into the pitcher and stir well.

An overhead view of a glass pitcher and a glass next to each other, both filled with Blueberry Lemonade.

Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the blueberry lemonade over the ice. Garnish each glass with a few fresh blueberries and a slice of lemon, and serve.

Storage This Delicious Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

Store this in a container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Note that you will want to remove the basil leaves after the first full 24 hours because they tend to get slimy if they are in there much longer than that.

Freezing

If you have more than you can drink, freeze this in popsicle molds for a delicious hot day treat down the road.

Recipe Supplies

For this recipe, you’ll need a blender, a fine-meshed strainer, a large beverage container that will fit in your fridge, and some tall lemonade glasses.

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Homemade Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

Delicious blueberry lemonade with a hint of fresh basil. Perfect for a hot day!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley

Equipment

  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 large beverage container

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest (optional, but tasty!)
  • cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • ice (as needed)

Instructions

  • In a blender or food processor, blend the fresh blueberries until they form a smooth puree.
    Blending blueberries in a blender.
  • Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any skins, reserving the blueberry puree.
    Pressing blueberry pulp through a mesh strainer.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sweetener. Stir well.
    Pouring sweetener into a mixing bowl of water and lemon juice.
  • Add the blueberry puree. Then taste and adjust the amount of sweetener to suit your taste preferences. The sweetness of the berries may vary, so adjust accordingly.
    Pouring blueberry puree into a bowl of lemon juice, water and sweetener.
  • Tear the basil leaves and add them to the pitcher, lightly bruising them with a spoon to bring out the flavor. Then grate the lemon zest directly into the pitcher and stir well.
    Adding fresh basil leaves to a pitcher of Blueberry Lemonade.
  • Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the blueberry lemonade over the ice. Garnish each glass with a few fresh blueberries and a slice of lemon, and serve.
    An overhead view of a glass pitcher and a glass next to each other, both filled with Blueberry Lemonade.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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