The perfect summer cocktail on a hot afternoon, this blueberry vodka lemonade cocktail is made with fresh lemon juice and a quick, homemade blueberry simple syrup to bring the fresh flavors of summer together in your glass.
Spiked blueberry lemonade is always a huge hit and one of my favorite blueberry cocktails to make. Vodka cocktails are popular in the summer since vodka mixes so well with fresh fruit. This blueberry vodka lemonade recipe makes a delicious cocktail for your next backyard bbq or for happy hour on the porch after a long day.
- Vodka, plain or blueberry
- Blueberry simple syrup
- A Lemon
- Orange liqueur
- Orange bitters
- Sparkling water or club soda
- Mint (for garnish)
How to Make Blueberry Vodka Lemonade
Combine vodka, blueberry syrup, lemon juice, orange liqueur and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well. Strain into a tall glass.
Top with a splash of club soda.
Garnish with fresh blueberries, lemon slices or a lemon wedge, and a sprig of fresh mint.
Use fresh lemon juice. Lemon is one of the main ingredients in this cocktail, so it’s important to use the fresh fruit. Skip the bottled lemon juice and squeeze a lemon in this drink. Plan on one lemon per cocktail.
Make your syrup ahead of time. Cocktail syrups need time to chill, so be sure to make your blueberry simple syrup in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Make it ahead of time, then enjoy it the night you use it.
Use your favorite orange liqueur. Feel free to use any orange with cure you have on hand in this recipe. It does not need to be one of the more expensive brands, and can certainly be triple sec.
How to Make Blueberry Simple Syrup
Homemade blueberry syrup is delicious, and quick to make. It only uses three ingredients, and you can easily make it a day or two before you're going to have these cocktails.
Frequently Asked Questions
Both Smirnoff and Stoli make a blueberry version of their vodka. But the easiest way to get a true, clean blueberry flavor with no additional colors and sugar is to make it yourself. Check out my DIY blueberry vodka infusion for instructions on how to do this. (It’s really easy!)
When it comes to drinks, blueberry does well with any of the citrus fruits and any other berries. It is also delicious with fresh herbs including basil, mint, and thyme.
Most of the flavored vodkas you find at the store contain added sugars and some will contain added coloring. Since alcohol brands in the U.S. are not required to post ingredients on their label, it can be difficult to know what exactly is in the spirit you are buying. If you enjoy fruit flavored spirits, I highly recommend making your own such as my DIY blueberry infused vodka.
There are a couple different types of blueberry syrup available in specialty grocery stores, but the easiest way to do blueberry syrup is to make some yourself. It takes three ingredients in about 10 minutes. Get the recipe on my homemade blueberry syrup page.
Make Your Own Blueberry Vodka
Infusing vodka with fresh blueberry flavor is super easy to do and only takes a couple days to complete. Bonus - unlike its retail counterparts, there’s no added sugar or coloring in DIY Blueberry Vodka.