Blueberry-Basil Meyer Lemonade Recipe

There's nothing quite like a refreshing beverage made from homegrown ingredients. Try this Blueberry-Basil Meyer Lemonade Recipe courtesy of YumAndYummer.

To spice up an old classic, use Meyer lemons in place of conventional lemons. Meyer lemons are a natural hybrid of a conventional lemon and a mandarin orange, so you get equal parts tart and sweet, which cuts back a significant amount of bitterness. An added bonus is that Meyer lemons tend to yield higher amounts of juice than your regular everyday lemon.

Try adding in a handful of blueberries and a few fresh leaves of basil. Basil in lemonade may sound odd but, aside from its abundant use within savory Italian dishes, basil lends a significant sweetness to any beverage or food item you add it to, and can easily be substituted for, or with, mint.

Blueberry-Basil Meyer Lemonade


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 cups Meyer lemon juice
  • 5 or 6 basil leaves, crushed (plus two per glass for garnish)
  • 1 Meyer lemon, sliced for garnish
  • Ice

Combine hot water and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves to produce a simple syrup. Add this simple syrup and blueberries to a blender and blend until liquefied. Strain through a sieve (or cheese cloth) to rid of blueberry solids and skim foam off the top of the liquid for a more clear drink. Add the blueberry juice, Meyer lemon juice, crushed basil, and ice to a pitcher and chill for an hour (or until cold). Serve with basil and lemon garnish.

Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

Guest Author: Kerry Patrick

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