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Homemade Blackberry Lemonade is really easy to make and perfect for warm weather. Made with fresh berries, lemon juice, and a blackberry simple syrup, this easy lemonade recipe is refreshing, pretty, and perfect for the whole family!

try of glasses filled with blackberry lemonade surrounded by lemons.

Lemonade with Blackberries

Blackberry Lemonade is an eye catching, refreshing drink that is perfect to enjoy all spring and summer long. Make a half gallon of this fancy (looking) lemonade in no time using 4 simple ingredients. 

I use fresh blackberries when they’re in season, but frozen berries are usually frozen at the peak of freshness so you get great quality while being really affordable. If you have extra, give my blackberry crumble a try, too.

The bulk of the prep time is going to be spent squeezing the lemons so get the family involved to speed up the process.

While you’re a drink making mood, also try my classic Homemade Lemonade or Starbucks Copycat Passion Fruit Lemonade, or this Strawberry Lemon Water. All are great to serve when you have company.

Why You’ll Love Blackberry Lemonade

  • Crowd Pleaser – This easy lemonade is just the right amount of fruity sweet and tart with the perfect blend of blackberries and lemon. 
  • Simple Recipe– Only uses 4 simple ingredients, nothing crazy or hard to find in the store. 
  • It’s fast – You can make a half gallon in about 10 minutes. The most time consuming part is squeezing the lemons!
  • Sugar Control – The beauty of homemade lemonade is that you can easily adjust the amount of sugar to make it as sweet (or not) as you prefer. Depending on how sweet your berries are, you can adjust as needed.
glass of blackberry lemonade with lemon garnish in front of carafe.

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Pitcher – A classic glass pitcher is easy or a large carafe. If you’re serving at an event, a dispenser with a spout is handy.
  • Lemon Squeezer – You’re going to have a lot of lemons to squeeze, this tool makes it easier.
  • Strainer – For separating the seeds from the blackberry juice while making the blackberry simple syrup. 
  • Wooden Spoon – Everything just feels more official with a wooden spoon, doesn’t it?

Ingredients for Lemonade with Blackberries

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

 For The Blackberry Simple Syrup Recipe

  • BLACKBERRIES – I use fresh but frozen blackberries are really affordable and generally great quality.
  • SUGAR – I’ve only tested this with granulated white sugar. I haven’t tried the sugar replacements, but I’m sure they would work fine.

 For The Lemonade

In addition to the blackberry simple syrup, you’ll need:

  • LEMONS – Fresh lemons work best but bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch.
  • ICE – Lots of ice!
overhead shot of ingredients laid out to make blackberry lemonade.

How to make Blackberry Lemonade

STEP ONE: First, start by making the blackberry simple syrup. by adding water, blackberries and sugar to a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Don’t let it boil!

Once it is dissolved, use a potato masher to smash the berries in the pan and then place a strainer over a bowl and press the mixture through to catch all the seeds. Transfer the syrup to a heat safe container and move to the fridge while you squeeze the lemons.

STEP TWO: Next, start squeezing! You’ll need 1 cup of lemon juice, which will probably be anywhere from 4-9 lemons depending on their size.

STEP THREE: Finally, put it altogether. To a large pitcher, add the simple syrup, lemon juice, water, and ice. Stir and serve!

collage of overhead shots showing a pan making blackberry simple syrup.

What tastes good with lemonade?

With this delicious lemonade recipe, it’s more like what can’t you serve it with. It goes with so many things and compliments so many meals. 

If you’re looking for a light lunch, try a veggie side salad or a southwest fiesta salad

It also pairs well with casseroles and slow cooker meals like crockpot lemon chicken. Or even at breakfast with some pancakes or waffles! They compliment each other really well. 

Possible Substitutions/Additions

  • You can use fresh or frozen fruit in this lemonade recipe. 
  • Adjust the sweetness level by using different amounts of sugar, or trade it out altogether for a sweetener alternative like honey, agave, or even a replacement like Stevia or monk fruit. 
  • Feel free to add in any other fruits that you may like in this drink. The method is the same for creating the simply syrup with other berries like strawberries or raspberries.

How long does fresh lemonade last?

Wondering how long Blackberry Lemonade will last in the fridge? This drink recipe should be stored in a pitcher in the refrigerator for 7-8 days. Make sure to stir it each time before pouring. 

lemonade pouring into a cup of ice.


How many lemons for a cup of lemon juice? 

This will depend on the size of your lemons. Generally, it takes about 4-6 lemons squeezed to get a cup of lemon juice. 

How many cups are in half a gallon?

There are 8 cups in a half gallon, which is what this recipe makes.

Can I freeze blackberry lemonade? 

Freezing  this homemade drink recipe is totally possible and would make for a tasty slushie when it’s super hot out. 

You can also use this recipe to make popsicles for the kids on hot summer days. Or just make a big batch now and save it for later.

To thaw, simply remove from freezer, let thaw (either in the fridge or on the counter) and stir before serving. 

What alcohol should I mix with lemonade?

Want an adult version? This lemonade mixes well with vodka or gin for a cocktail.

Need more drink recipes? Try these:

Cranberry Orange Cider
Ranch Water Cocktail
Skinny Pineapple Coconut Cocktail

Click here for my entire collection of drink recipes.

tall glasses of pink lemonade garnished with blackberries and lemon.

Did You Make This?

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You can also tag me on Instagram – @melissa_ppplates or share a pic in the Persnickety Plates Community Facebook group. I love seeing what you’ve tried!

try of glasses filled with blackberry lemonade surrounded by lemons.
5 from 5 votes

Homemade Blackberry Lemonade

Servings: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Homemade Blackberry Lemonade is really easy to make and perfect for warm weather. Made with fresh berries, lemon juice, and a blackberry simple syrup, this easy lemonade recipe is refreshing, pretty, and perfect for the whole family!


For the Blackberry Simple Syrup:

For the Lemonade:

  • 1 cup lemon juice approx. 4-9 lemons
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 cups ice 2-4 cups


To make the Blackberry Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, blackberries and sugar and heat over medium until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid becomes hot. Don't let it boil.
  • Mash the fruit in the saucepan with a potato masher.
  • Using a mesh strainer over a bowl, strain the simple syrup to catch any seeds and transfer to a heat safe container (such as a mason jar). Cool in the refrigerator.

To make the Lemonade

  • Squeeze the juice from the lemons until you have one cup of juice.
  • In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, water and ice. Stir with a wooden spoon and serve.


You can adjust the sweetness to your liking or even replace the sugar with honey.
The lemonade can be stored in the refrigerator for 7-8 days. Stir it up before each use.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Just made a triple batch with Truvia so it would be sugar free. It measures cup for cup with sugar. It tastes wonderful. Good use for all the fresh blackberries and dewberries we are picking in our yard.