Blueberry Lemon Balm Lemonade

This Blueberry Lemon Balm Lemonade is a variation of our seasonal, oh-so-delicious Strawberry Basil Lemonade. In keeping with the spirit of seasonality, we’re following up strawberry season with a blueberry-based lemonade.

Part of any recipe creation is taste-testing, and for this lemonade, we trialed four different Blueberry-Herb combinations:

  • Blueberry-Thyme
  • Blueberry-Lemon Basil
  • Blueberry-Mint
  • Blueberry-Lemon Balm

Our kitchen staff, field crew and family all taste-tasted, and Blueberry-Lemon Balm was a clear winner! You can make this recipe as is, or try out a different herb in place of the lemon balm. Either way, enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Balm Lemonade


Blueberry Lemon Balm Lemonade

A flavor-bursting combination of local blueberries and lemon balm makes for an incredibly refreshing summer drink!
Prep Time7 minutes
Course: Drinks


  • large jar (at least 2 quarts)
  • wooden spoon or potato masher


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1.5 cup lemon juic bottled or fresh-squeezed will work
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bunch lemon balm crumpled--this will allow the herb to release its flavor into the lemonade


  • Use spoon or potato masher to mash sugar, sliced lemons, lemon balm, and blueberries together. The mashing will help release the oils from the lemon rinds. Stop when the blueberries are mostly liquid and lemons are still intact.
  • Add lemon juice and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let steep 1 hour in the fridge. Enjoy over ice!


  1. Claire Kendall on August 1, 2022 at 10:10 am

    What is “a bunch” of Lemon Balm?
    Being in England, it’s hard enough with Cups of herbs (are they stuffed in and pressed down hard, or just loosely filled?), but bunch? Feels like an even more random amount.
    What is the best way to judge “a bunch”?
    Many thanks, Claire

    • Julie Oudman Perkins on September 28, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      Good question! I recommend using a food scale. Depending on the herb, a bunch will be anywhere from .75 ounces to 1 ounce.

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