Blueberry Basil Limeade

Here's a refreshing twist on a summer classic! Blueberry basil limeade! Tart and refreshing, I think this tastes like summer!  Just tell me I'm wrong. 

A few weeks ago, I was treated to a delicious batch of Essential Omnivore's Sparkling Probiotic Mint Lemonade. I'd never made lemonade before, let alone a fermented version, and I was surprised at how easy and delicious it was. I also appreciate how low in sugar her recipe is. It allows those lemons to sing their sweet tune. 

We recently hosted a fun summery party and I knew I wanted to share her tasty beverage. I also happened to have an abundance of limes, blueberries and basil, so inspired by the fun that was making that mint lemonade, I whipped up this fun limeade to go along side it. Moral of the story, the Essential Omnivore is the real genius here, this is just my limeade. 


Blueberry Basil Limeade


  • 5 Limes, juiced or enough to equal 1 cup lime juice 
  • Scant 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • Sparkling water to serve


In a high speed blender, combine the lime juice, blueberries, basil leaves and 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth. 

Heat the remaining two cups of water and bring to a simmer.  I like to use my electric kettle to save time with this step. In a medium bowl, whisk the honey with the simmering water and continue to mix until dissolved, creating a simple syrup. 

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Add the cooled simple syrup to the blended blueberry mixture and blend until combined. 

Using a mesh sieve, strain the limeade into a pitcher. Discard the pulp. 

Chill in fridge until ready to serve. 

To serve, fill a glass with ice and fill halfway with blueberry limeade and top with sparkling water! 

Garnish with a basil leaf if youre feeling fancy. 

Cocktail Variation: Add 1 ounce of vodka to large glass and top with limeade and sparkling water.