This easy to make Berry Lemonade recipe is a refreshing summer must-have. Classic homemade lemonade is made even better with the addition of strawberry, blackberry and raspberry!
Homemade lemonade is an absolute favorite for summer cookouts, barbecues and picnics. If you want to make classic lemonade even more exciting, try this easy recipe for Berry Lemonade!
Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries add a fruity twist and a gorgeous deep ruby color that give an extra special touch to this classic summer beverage!
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this easy berry lemonade recipe:
You will also need the following equipment:
- fine mesh strainer
- stick blender (or potato masher – more about that later!)
Here are a couple ideas I had on ways you could switch up this berry lemonade recipe:
- If you want, you could replace one type of berry with an equal proportion of another – for example, double up on the raspberries if you can’t find blackberries.
- You could also try replacing some or all of the fresh lemon juice with lime juice for a different flavor – berries and lime also pair really well together!
- You could also use sparkling water instead of regular water for a more effervescent treat! If you do this, I would chill just the lemon/berry juice and then add the cold sparkling water right before you are going to serve the lemonade.
How to make Berry Lemonade
Here is a quick rundown of how to make this recipe with step-by-step pictures. (For more detailed instructions, be sure to read the full recipe card down below.)
- Place berries and sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Cook berries and sugar until berries are juicy and start to break down.
- Blend the berries.
- Place berry juice in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl.
- Press with a wooden spoon to help the berry juice drain, keep going until you are left with mostly just seeds and pulp!
- Squeeze those lemons.
- Combine the berry and lemon juices.
- Add water, place in fridge until cold. Enjoy!
Here are couple quick tips for you on making this easy Berry Lemonade recipe:
- You can use a stick blender to easily break up the berries before straining. I like this better than a regular blender because there is way less cleanup. But, you could also use a potato masher! I tried both methods, and I got the same amount of juice both times.
- The recipe calls for 2 1/2 – 3 cups water to suit your personal tastes. If you want a more intense flavor, use the lesser amount of water. (Or, if you are planning on serving with lots of ice in the hot sun!)
- Got leftover lemonade or you want an even cooler treat? This berry lemonade makes truly awesome popsicles! (They were slightly on the icy side, but my kids went wild for them!)
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An easy to make lemonade with a beautiful berry twist!
- 8 ounces strawberries
- 6 ounces blackberries
- 6 ounces raspberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 4 – 5 large lemons)
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups cold water
- Rinse all the berries. Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut them into large chunks.
- In a medium saucepan, stir together the strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and sugar.
- Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until the berries are very juicy and starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Use an immersion (“stick”) blender to blend the berries in the saucepan. The berries do not need to be perfectly smooth, just broken down into very small pieces. Alternatively, mash the berries very well using a potato masher.
- Pour the berry mixture into a fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to press the berry mixture into the mesh to help it strain faster. Stop once most of the liquid has been removed and you can see mostly berry seeds and pulp. You should have about 1 2/3 cups liquid.
- Place the berry mixture into the fridge to begin cooling. Meanwhile, juice the lemons and pour the 1 cup lemon juice into a pitcher.
- Remove the berry mixture from the fridge. (It does not need to be perfectly chilled at this point, just no longer hot). Add it to the pitcher with the lemon juice.
- Stir in between 2 1/2 – 3 cups of water, to taste (see note). Place lemonade in the fridge until chilled. The lemonade will keep well in the fridge, covered, for 3 – 4 days.
The amount of water you wish to add will depend on your personal taste and how you want to serve the lemonade. Adding the lesser amount of water will result in a more concentrated lemonade with a stronger flavor. This is a good option if you want to serve the lemonade on a hot day with lots of ice, as the ice will dilute the lemonade as it melts.
Keywords: lemonade, berry lemonade, homemade lemonade