If you have blueberries laying around and want to use up some, this Blueberry Lavender Lemonade recipe is the one you’ve been searching for! The blueberry and lavender come through quite nicely, and there’s just the right amount of lavender so it’s not overpowering. This drink has a beautiful ombre effect that’s really easy to do and pretty to look at!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Blueberry season is a special time of year. The roadside berry stands, Farmers Markets, and U Pick farms near my home seem to overflow with pint after pint of them.
I am always looking for new ways to use blueberries, and making them a part of lemonade seems like a natural fit. Both lemonade and blueberries are the essence of Summer, and when you add lavender? You have a refreshing beverage that will be the hit of every barbeque or picnic you bring it to!
There are so many things to love about this recipe!
- It’s really easy!
- It has a lot of wow factor in the presentation (more on presentation further down in the post and in the recipe card, it’s really simple to do!)
This is such a wonderful drink for entertaining thanks to the presentation. Don’t be intimidated by the photos, it’s easier than it looks!
Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Ingredients
This ingredient list is short and simple, just the way I like it! No hard to find ingredients here!
Lemons- Your average lemons found in any grocery store will do here. If you want to change the flavor just a little, try using Meyer Lemons if they are in season. They have a less tart and more floral flavor to them.
Granulated Sugar- Classic granulated white sugar is what I used to make this lemonade.
Blueberries- You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe! I love blueberries from Mutiny Bay Blues, one of many great farms near me!
Culinary Lavender Buds- You definitely want to use something that is labeled “culinary”. Anything else may not be food safe. Your best bet is to buy your lavender in the spice section of your grocery store or from a shop that sells culinary lavender. I buy my lavender from Lavender Wind. They have great products!
There are many varieties of lavender, and it really doesn’t matter what variety you use as long as it is culinary grade.
Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
This is an easy syrup to make! You will need a mesh strainer if you don’t have one for straining the syrup from the cooked blueberry mixture.
While the amount of lavender called for may seem like a lot, it won’t be strong enough to overpower everything else. Lemonade itself has enough punch to cut through the lavender, and the blueberries bring their own flavors as well.
Don’t worry about this tasting like hand soap! The lavender will be present without dominating. I know that can be a concern, but I think this recipe has just the right amount.
What To Do With Leftover Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
You may very well have some syrup left over. If you do, you can either pour more of it into your glasses of lemonade, or you can save it for cocktails.
It is not quite thick enough to pour onto a slice of cheesecake, but you could try it over ice cream or add a little to Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats.
How To Make Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
This is a very easy beverage! It’s a few simple steps and you have a delicious refreshing lemonade with flavors of blueberry and lavender. I have given a basic overview of the steps here, but you will want to refer to the recipe card below for full instructions.
- Make the lemonade and refrigerate until cold.
- Cook the blueberries with sugar and lavender until the blueberries are soft.
- Strain the blueberry lavender simple syrup and refrigerate until cold.
To create the ombre effect:
- Pour a glass of lemonade.
- Then, slowly pour a quarter cup of the syrup into the glass. The blueberry lavender simple syrup is heavier than the lemonade, so it will sink to the bottom of the glass and create a lovely layered effect.
- Keep doing this until you have filled four pint size glasses (preferably clear glasses so you can see the layers). This serves four, but you can serve 6 or 8 with this recipe by using smaller glasses, just use a bit less syrup in each glass.
Can The Layered Effect Be Done In The Pitcher Instead Of The Glasses?
Yes, you can do this if you want! Keep in mind that if you pour all of the syrup into the pitcher and don’t stir it, you will have an ombre effect inside the pitcher, but not in the glasses when you pour it. This will also mean not as much lavender and blueberry flavor. For maximum flavor as well as presentation, you will need to add the syrup to each glass before pouring the lemonade.
If you don’t want to do the ombre, simply pour all of the syrup into the lemonade and give it a good stir. You will have a beautiful purple hued lemonade rather than the layered drink seen in the photos. It is really up to you whether you combine everything in the pitcher or not.
If you decide to mix everything together right in the pitcher, it will not affect the flavor at all.
Here is what you need to make this lemonade:
- Large Pitcher (half gallon or gallon is fine)
- Long handled wooden spoon (for stirring the lemonade)
- Small saucepan
- Fine mesh strainer
- Large Spoon (for pressing the juice from the berries)
- Potato Masher (for crushing the berries while they cook)
What Is The Best Sweetener For Blueberry Lavender Lemonade?
I have not tested this recipe with any sugar alternatives or artificial sweeteners. If you would like to try this recipe with monk fruit, splenda, or another type of sweetener make sure it is one that stands up to cooking. I would not recommend coconut sugar here, it’s brown color would likely give the lemonade a strange hue.
Can This Lemonade Recipe Be Doubled?
Most definitely! It takes well to doubling. You can also serve it in smaller glasses and use a little less syrup in each glass if you want to serve more people without making a larger batch.
Can I Make The Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Ahead?
You most certainly can, and both the lemonade and the blueberry lavender simple syrup will have more developed flavors after a day or more in the refrigerator.
How To Store Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
This will keep for about a week in the refrigerator. You can make the lemonade and the syrup well in advance if needed.
To store the lemonade, keep it in a large pitcher with a tight fitting lid in your refrigerator.
To store the blueberry lavender simple syrup, place the syrup in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
If you are planning to make this ahead and serve it later, I recommend storing the simple syrup and the lemonade separately and then combining them when you are ready to serve.
If you don’t have the ability to store the components separately, then go ahead and stir all of the blueberry lavender simple syrup into the lemonade until well combined and store in a large pitcher in the refrigerator. You won’t have the ombre effect, but you’ll still have a great tasting blueberry lavender lemonade.
What To Serve With Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
This is a refreshing drink great for a barbeque or picnic. If you’re taking this on a picnic and want the layered effect in the glasses, simply bring the lemonade and the blueberry lavender simple syrup separately and pour your lemonade and syrup at your picnic site.
Here are some dishes that will go great with this lemonade:
- No Bake Mojito Cheesecake In a Jar
- Curried Chicken Salad With Coconut
- Easy Lemon Cucumber Pickles
- Rigatoni Primavera
- Vegetable Flatbread
- Dark Chocolate Goat Cheese Brownies with Honey
- Potato Salad with Spring Onions and Buttermilk Lemon Dressing
- Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar
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This easy Blueberry Lavender Lemonade has just the right amount of floral notes from the lavender that perfectly compliment the lemon and blueberry. This drink has a beautiful layered effect that is easy and makes a lovely presentation.
For the Lemonade
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice
- 5-6 cups additional Water (enough water to yield 2 quarts of lemonade)
For the Blueberry Lavender Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tbsp dried culinary Lavender buds
- First, make the lemonade.
- In a small saucepan on medium high heat, add the 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for 5 minutes or so to reduce a little. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Juice your lemons until you have about 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
- Add the lemon juice to a pitcher that holds at least two quarts.
- Add the sugar and water mixture to the pitcher and stir.
- Add enough additional water to the pitcher to equal 2 quarts (or 8 cups).
- Refrigerate the lemonade while you make the blueberry lavender simple syrup.
- Now, make the syrup.
- In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, add the 1 1/2 cup of blueberries and the 1/2 cup of sugar and the 1 Tbsp of lavender and stir to combine.
- Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the blueberries begin to burst.
- Use a potato masher to break up the berries and release the juice.
- Once the berries are broken up, let the mixture simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Place a mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the blueberry mixture into it.
- Using the potato masher or the back of a spoon, press on the blueberries to squeeze out as much juice as you can.
- Remove the mesh strainer from the bowl and pour the syrup from the bowl into a container with a lid and refrigerate to cool.
- Once the syrup and the lemonade are cooled, remove from the fridge and pour four 16 ounce glasses of lemonade.
- Into each glass, slowly pour in about 1/4 cup of syrup. The syrup will sink to the bottom and create a layered or ombre effect. Enjoy!
If you like, you can use smaller glasses to serve more people, just use a little less syrup in each glass.
You don't have to do the layered effect, you can just pour the syrup into the pitcher of lemonade and give it a good stir.
Leftover syrup can be used in cocktails or as an ice cream topping.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 2gSugar: 82gProtein: 1g
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