This blueberry soda is a deliciously refreshing homemade drink and one that is super easy to make!
I discovered this drink by chance when I was attempting to make pink blueberry lemonade. In making the blueberry syrup for the lemonade, I used a lot more berries than is required to achieve the pink color of the pink blueberry lemonade. It tasted great nevertheless and had the loveliest deep ruby color. When mixed with water, it tasted so good. To give it a little extra oomph, I also tried mixing the blueberries syrup with soda water. It became a hit with my family, and we now make this blueberry soda drink so very often.
Making this homemade soda drink is very easy. You only need 5 ingredients - blueberries, lemon, sugar, soda and water. The blueberries are cooked in sugar and some water to soften them. The cooked berries are then strained to discard the pulp and mixed with lemon juice to make a thick blueberry syrup. This syrup works as a blueberry juice concentrate and is then mixed with soda to make the blueberry soda.
The good thing about this recipe is that you can make the syrup ahead of time, and simply mix it with the soda water right before serving. This also makes an excellent drink for parties and get-togethers.
How to Make Blueberry Soda
- Fresh blueberries
- Lemon juice
- Soda water (chilled)
Making the syrup
Start by making the blueberry syrup.
- Measure 150ml water into a small pot.
- Add sugar and turn on the heat to low. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Next, add the blueberries.
- Cook them over low heat until they turn soft.
- Remove the syrup from heat. Strain it into a measuring jug.
- Press with a spoon to squeeze all the juice out. Let it cool to room temperature. Place the syrup in the fridge if you wish to cool it faster.
- Once the syrup has cooled down, strain the lemon juice in. Mix well.
- If you do not wish to use the syrup immediately, pour it into a clean bottle and keep it refrigerated for up to one week.
Mixing the blueberry soda drink
- To make the drink, pour the prepared blueberry syrup into a 2 liter pitcher.
- Add the chilled soda and stir well.
- Top the drink with ice cubes if you wish. Serve the drinks immediately.
- To make a single serving of the blueberry soda, mix one part of the syrup with 3 parts of chilled soda.
What is soda water and what is a good substitute?
- Soda water is carbonated water. It is also sometimes called sparkling water, or fizzy water. It is water that contains dissolved carbon dioxide. You will see tiny bubbles of gas in the water, in the same way you see them in other carbonated drinks like Coke, Sprite and such, except that this water is not flavored or sugar added.
- Soda water can be enjoyed on its own and is also often mixed with alcoholic drinks and fruit juice.
- If you do not have soda water or carbonated water, you can make this blueberry soda with plain chilled drinking water. You won't be able to call it a soda though, since there is no soda in it, but it remains just as refreshing and yummy.
Can you use frozen blueberries instead of fresh berries?
- Yes, you can. This soda recipe is written for fresh blueberries, however it can also be made with frozen berries.
- When using frozen blueberries, thaw them first. Start by making the sugar syrup (ie. dissolve sugar in water over low heat) as usual and then add in the thawed fruits. Cook the fruits for a few minutes until they turn completely soft.
How long can the syrup last and can you freeze the blueberry syrup?
- Yes you can.
- The blueberry syrup can last in the fridge for at least one week. If you wish to keep it longer, it is best frozen (up to one month).
- For convenience of use, you can freeze the syrup in readily measured, smaller quantities so that you can easily pop them into your glass or pitcher without having to wait for larger block of it to thaw to be measured.
Why is it important to mix the soda water right before serving?
- Soda water contains gas. The longer you leave it open, the more the gas will be released. At one point, the gas will be totally released and the water will just be normal drinking water.
- To fully enjoy the fizzy effect of the soda water, it is best opened (it often comes in bottles or cans) and mixed right before serving.
Like this recipe? Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Blueberry Filling Recipe - Quick and Easy Homemade Recipe
- Blueberry Cake Loaf with Lemon Glaze Icing
- Brown Sugar Lemonade
- Pretty in Pink Blueberry Lemonade
- Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
Here is the full printable version of my homemade blueberry soda drink recipe.
Blueberry Soda - A Refreshing Homemade Drink
- 150 ml lemon juice
- 150 g sugar
- 60 g blueberries
- 150 ml water (at room temperature)
- 1350 ml soda water (chilled)
- Ice cubes
Making the blueberry syrup
- Measure 150ml water (at room temperature) in a small pot.
- Add sugar and cook it over low heat until it is completely dissolved.
- Add the blueberries and continue cooking until the blueberries turn soft.
- Remove the syrup from heat. Strain it into a measuring jug. Press the blueberries with a spoon to mash them and squeeze out all the juice.
- Let the syrup cool down completely and then strain the lemon juice in. Mix well.
- Pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.
Making the blueberry soda drink
- To make the blueberry soda, pour the above blueberry syrup into a 2 liters pitcher.
- Add the chilled soda water and mix well.
- Add ice cubes if you wish and serve immediately.
- This recipe makes 2 liters of blueberry soda made entirely with chilled soda water and without ice cubes.
- If you wish to add ice cubes, reduce the soda water in the recipe accordingly. This will avoid the blueberry soda from becoming too diluted as the ice cubes melt.
- To make the blueberry soda in a single serving, mix 1 part of the blueberry syrup with 3 parts of soda water.
- Soda water is best served immediately as keeping it for long after opening will result in its fizzy effect to disappear.
And that's my super refreshing and super easy blueberry soda recipe.
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