Fresh Summertime Blackberry Lemonade

A from-scratch blackberry sugar syrup mixed with fresh lemon juice and served over ice. A Southern summer favorite.

A from-scratch blackberry sugar syrup mixed with fresh lemon juice and served over ice. A Southern summer favorite.

reddish blackberry lemonade with fresh berries and lemon halves

Looking for a special summertime drink? Then try this recipe for Southern Blackberry Lemonade. It takes just a few minutes and is so refreshing! This easy-to-make drink will have everyone asking for more.

Let’s make homemade blackberry lemonade

We love to make this blackberry lemonade recipe for summertime. It’s a quick and easy recipe, but very delicious. The mixture of fresh berries and lemon juice is always a crowd-pleaser. My friends always ask for this drink when they come over, and I know that I can’t get enough of it myself. You should try making your own batch!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

Simple syrup-based– No need to worry about sugar dissolving with this easy blackberry syrup. And no blender!

Make-ahead– When you’re planning a summer party, the more you can make ahead the better.

Versatile!– Add club soda and a splash of an adult drink for a fresh summertime cocktail.

What you’ll need

sugar, whole blackberries, lemons, and water on white surface
  • strainer or fine mesh sieve
  • fresh blackberries (or frozen if they’re not in season)
  • granulated sugar
  • water
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • cold water
  • more fresh lemons, blackberries, and mint leaves for garnish

Step by step easy blackberry lemonade

Over medium heat, combine blackberries, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil for five minutes until berries start to break down into a syrup.

saucepan with blackberries, water, and sugar, being cooked down

Place a mesh strainer over a bowl and strain your berries through it. Press down on them to get as much juice out of those little gems! You’ll just discard solids when done, so don’t worry about smashing them. Cover the mixture so that they have time to chill in the refrigerator for an hour. (Let it cool a bit at room temperature first.)

straining syrup into a bowl, bowl covered with plastic wrap

Combine the berry syrup, lemon juice, and add water in a pitcher. Serve over ice cubes in a large pitcher.

pitcher filled with syrup, lemon juice, and ice

Garnish with lemon slices, fresh blackberries, and mint leaves.


Tips for success with homemade lemonade

  • Use fresh lemons! Freshly squeezed lemon juice is so much better for homemade lemonade.
  • Use a pitcher with lots of ice. Pour the homemade blackberry lemonade into a large pitcher and fill it up with plenty of ice cubes to keep everything cold.
  • Include more ingredients! You can add club soda and a splash of vodka to give this homemade blackberry lemonade a fun twist.

Homemade lemonade FAQs

you make tHis ahead?

d mix it all up later. Most of the prep time involves the blackberry syrup, so getting that out of the way ahead of time will be helpful!

Is there any substitute for sugar?

You can use an artificial sweetener. Or, try boiling the blackberries in half water and half apple or grape juice. This will sweeten them up without adding white sugar.

What is a good substitute for blackberries?

Well, for homemade blackberry lemonade, blackberries are important! But you can use raspberries, ollalieberries, or strawberries too. You might want to reduce the sugar a tad since these have more natural sugar.

What lemons are best to make lemonade?

Not Meyer lemons, just “regular” ones.

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Fresh Blackberry Lemonade (From Scratch!)

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A from-scratch blackberry sugar syrup mixed with fresh lemon juice and served over ice. A Southern summer favorite.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
chilling:1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 15 mins
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  • strainer


  • 1 cup blackberries frozen is fine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water for the syrup
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups water for mixing


  • Make the blackberry syrup. Heat the berries, sugar, and 1'2 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and heat for 5 minutes until berries break down and a syrup is formed.
  • Strain. Place a strainer over a bowl and strain the syrup through a mesh strainer, pressing down to get as much of the syrup as possible. Cover the berry syrup and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  • Mix and chill. Combine the berry syrup, lemon juice, and 3 cups of water in a pitcher and chill. Serve over ice


You will need 8-10 lemons for 1 cup of juice.
Try substutiting a triple berry frozen blend too!


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry lemonade, blackberry lemonade, summer drinks
Servings: 6
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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If you want to enjoy a refreshing summer drink, look no further than Southern Blackberry Lemonade. It’s easy and quick to make from scratch with just a few ingredients! It’s the perfect recipe for a hot summer day.

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By on June 24th, 2020

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