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The Best Blackberry Lemonade

The Best Blackberry Lemonade – Super tart and bursting with seasonal blackberries, this lemonade should be served at every barbecue this summer!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemonade


For the blackberry syrup

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • Splash of vanilla extract

For the blackberry lemonade

  • Blackberry syrup
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 8-10 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice About 8-10 lemons
  • 4 -5 cups very cold water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar or to taste optional
  • Ice
  • Seltzer water


  • Place the blackberries, sugar, and water in a blender and blend on high speed until combined.
  • In a medium saucepan combine blackberry puree mixture. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar has dissolved, about 8-10 minutes. Skim the foam that has risen to the surface and discard. Remove mixture from heat and add a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Place the syrup, plus 1 cup of blackberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture to remove the blackberry seeds. Discard the seeds.
  • To a large glass container or a pitcher - Add the blackberry puree, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and cold water. Stir the mixture until fully combined.
  • Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired.
  • To serve: Add ice to an 8 oz glass. Fill the glass halfway with blackberry lemonade and top with seltzer.
  • Makes about one half gallon.