Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on April 29, 2010

I almost feel bad giving you a recipe for lemonade. I mean, its a no brainer right? Just mix up sugar, lemon juice, and water, thats it. So, to spruce up the humble lemonade, I added some blueberries (and vodka!). The extra tang and brilliant color were fantastic! We loved eating the lemonade soaked blueberies in the end of each glass!

The lemonade will become a stronger color if you let the blueberries sit in the lemonade for a few hours. Use either fresh or frozen blueberries. Other berries would work well too — strawberries, blueberries, huckleberries..yum!  If you are using something with lots of seeds (like raspberries), you may want to puree the fruit and strain the puree before adding it to the lemonade.  

Alcoholic version - Spiked Blueberry Lemonade:  add vodka to this lemonade. You will not be sorry you did!

Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

makes about 8 cups

1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir till sugar dissolves. Muddle the blueberries a little using the back of a wooden spoon to release their juices and color. Taste and adjust sugar if needed. Serve chilled.

For spiked lemonade – add 1 to 2 cups of vodka (preferably citron flavor) to above recipe.

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1 Anh April 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Absolutely beautiful! Love that color!

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2 DK April 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Man! What beautiful pics :) You cudnt have made them look more beautiful and enticing :) And yes, I agree – we couldn’t have been more thirsty!

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3 Esi April 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

So refreshing!! My favorite lemonade from this restaurant near me is blueberry mint. I love it spiked with vodka.

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4 Cynthia April 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Oh yeah baby! You can make me lemonade any day, any time! :)

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5 Neel | Learn Food Photography April 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Beautiful color in the first shot. Love the way you have used depth of field in this photo. Absolutely stunning image.

Also liked the lighting on this photograph.

Absolutely wonderful photography.

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6 roxan April 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Sala! Aye aye on adding the vodka! It makes everything (well, mostly!) taste better.

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7 Manasi April 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

The 2nd. pic is STUNNING!
Lemonade is so refreshing!

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8 Brian April 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

This looks so freshing! There’s nothing like fresh (spiked) lemonade. Do you think gin would work as well?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

yes, absolutely!

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9 Sharmilee April 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Perfect timing clicks….lovely colorful drink!

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10 Cham April 30, 2010 at 12:08 am

The second one is a fantastic click!

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11 nags April 30, 2010 at 2:34 am

love the colours!! and what a lovely idea to combine lime and blueberries!

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12 Rosa April 30, 2010 at 3:00 am

What gorgeous pictures! I love that idea!

Cheers,

Rosa

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13 Happy Cook April 30, 2010 at 3:13 am

I love it tht yu have spike up them with vodka, one of my favourite drink. This jus tlooks beautiful.

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14 VeggieLover April 30, 2010 at 4:45 am

Yum – What a great idea I’ll definitely have to try!

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15 grace April 30, 2010 at 6:17 am

what a GORGEOUS beverage! lemons and blueberries are always awesome in scones and muffins and the like, so why shouldn’t they be equally incredible in drinkable form? this is really lovely. :)

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16 Sandie {Inn Cuisine} April 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

Nothing draws your attention to a yummy recipe quite like a beautiful photograph. These are gorgeous!

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17 lisaiscooking April 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

I love a little added fruit flavor in lemonade, and blueberries are great! The color they add is nice too.

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18 Carolyn Jung April 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

Maybe it’s the lovely hues, but that glass reminds me of liquid watermelon! ;)
Looks sweet, girly and utterly thirst-quenching.

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19 Sophia April 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

I am a huge fan of this. This may become my new drink of the summer. Not only are the colors dazzling, but I have a gut feeling this is going to be the perfect combo of sweetness and alcohol! Last year my drink was Awesome Apple Martinis: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/awesome_apple_martinis.htm

Thanks so much for sharing this!!
~Sophia

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20 shweta April 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm

i just LOVE your pics, you are so talented!

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21 Ritesh April 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Everybody is drooling over…I can almost hear the ooohs and the aahs….count me in!!

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22 A Bowl Of Mush April 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

This is so pretty and looks so refreshing!

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23 Soma April 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Beautiful play of color and light Sala! Give me lemonade any time and with vodka.. all the time. It is weekend and this is so enticing!

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24 Su-yin April 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Gorgeous photos – I love the sugar rimmed glasses! I shall definitely make this come summer, it looks so refreshing!

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25 Claire April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

How did you know I just bought a bottle of vodka and some lemons? :-D

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26 lisa May 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Beautiful color! Love those berries!

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27 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I LOVE the idea of spiking lemonade (hehe) and great capture of the splash droplets =D.

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28 Pamela M May 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

That glass of lemonade looks divine. Me want!
Quick question, though, do you strain out the muddled blueberries or just leave them in? The ones in the glass appear to be whole.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

No, I dont strain out the berries. The longer you leave them in, the better color and flavor the lemonade will have :) If you like, you could leave the muddled berries in the lemonade over night and then strain before serving.

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29 Michelle May 15, 2010 at 6:22 am

What a new and interesting twist on boring old lemonade. Love the close up shop where you dropped the blueberry in the drink!

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30 n3kk1d June 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

My friend and I made this but we used vanilla flavoured vodka, it’s FANTASTIC! Try it. All the flavours go really well together.

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31 Jeanee March 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s so good to find good vegetarian recipes.

I featured your lemonade on my blog.

http://blog.shopdirtylaundry.com/posts/2011/3/11/10-the-dirty.html

THANKS!

~ Jeanee
blog.shopdirtylaundry.com

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32 Mikey April 20, 2011 at 4:15 am

It is such a beautiful day here in the UK that I’m going to give this recipe a go this afternoon. Sounds absolutely divine.

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33 Caitlin June 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

I’m super late to this party but I wanted to mention that at my wedding last summer, our bartender mixed Wymans’ 100% blueberry juice with lemonade, vodka, and a little bit of Sprite. Everyone was calling it “Blueberry Crush” and we ran out of it by the end of the wedding!

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34 whipped cream vodka July 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

good recipe,thank you Sala

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