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Strawberry lemonade is a delightful drink with a perfect balance of sweet strawberries and the tartness of lemons. This is a refreshing thirst quencher that is a popular choice to beat the heat on scorching summer days.

(Last Updated On: June 22, 2023)

This is a delightful and refreshing easy strawberry lemonade recipe with fresh strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The strawberries are slightly blended into small chunks which makes the drink more than just a pink lemonade drink. It is by far so much better than the store-bought lemonade.

On a hot summer day, take advantage of the strawberry season and whip up a perfect summer drink with this homemade lemonade, while also exploring more refreshing beverages like Orange Julius and this Jamba Juice copycat smoothie.

Strawberry lemonade recipe.

๐Ÿ“ Simple Ingredients

  • 5 fresh lemons to make 2 cups of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 12 cups water – for the best results use very cold water
Ingredients for strawberry lemonade.
Ingredients for strawberry lemonade.

๐Ÿ‹ How to Make Strawberry Lemonade (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Prepare the Strawberries

While you are at the grocery store, make sure to buy some ripe strawberries. Or even better yet, during the summer months, buy them at a fruit stand where they sell fresh fruit that’s in season.

Wash the strawberries under cold running water. Remove the stems. On a cutting board or work area, use a sharp knife to cut the strawberries in halves or fourths including the strawberry seeds. Set aside for now.

Tip: Insert a clean unused straw in the middle of the strawberry to remove the entire stem. Start in the middle of the bottom pointy end of the strawberry and push the straw upwards.

Cut strawberries.
Cut strawberries.

Step 2. Squeeze the Lemons

Wash the outer part of 5 lemons under cold running water, then cut the lemons in half. Place each lemon on a citrus hand squeezer and apply light pressure while turning the lemon clockwise and counterclockwise on the lemon squeezer. Keep squeezing the lemons until you have 2 cups of lemon juice. Set the fresh lemon juice aside for now.

Note: If you don’t have any lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice which is 100% real lemon juice.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Step 3. Add the Lemon Juice to the Strawberries

Put the cut strawberries into a medium bowl and then add the freshly squeezed lemon juice together with the strawberries. Give it a good stir.

Strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl.
Strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl.

Step 4. Blend the Strawberry Mixture

Pour the strawberry mixture into a food processor or blender. Blend the strawberries together with the lemon juice for about 15 seconds, just enough to get the strawberries into small pieces.

Note: If you prefer, you can blend the strawberries to your liking or make a strawberry puree (a smooth, creamy substance) instead of strawberry lemonade with small chunks. We didn’t run the blender very long because we wanted some chunks in our lemonade but if you run the blender longer, you will have fewer chunks. Run the blender even longer and you will have a puree. You can also remove the seeds from the strawberry puree by using a spoon and pushing the puree through a fine mesh strainer.

Mixed strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl.
Mixed strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl.

Step 5. Add the Sugar

While the strawberry and lemon mixture is still in the blender, add 2 cups of granulated sugar together with the strawberry-lemon mixture. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Sugar is added to the strawberries and lemon juice.
Sugar is added to the strawberries and lemon juice.

Step 6. Add Cold Water to a Pitcher

Pour 12 cups of water into a large pitcher. After that, pour the strawberry and lemon mixture into the pitcher together with the water.

Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher.
Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher.

Step 7. Mix the Strawberry Lemonade Thoroughly

Mix the strawberry, lemon, and water mixture until thoroughly blended together. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator for a couple of hours until chilled to your liking.

Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher.
Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher.

๐ŸŒŸ Recipe Variations

  • Add ice cubes to your glass of fresh lemonade but be aware that the ice cubes will start to melt and dilute the lemonade.
  • When serving this refreshing drink to your family or guests, get fancy by putting a strawberry or a couple of lemon slices on the side of the rim of each glass. You can also add a couple of lemon wedges or strawberry slices to the inside of each glass of strawberry lemonade. A perfect way to cut strawberry slices is to use an egg slicer. Or you can buy a strawberry huller stem remover and strawberry slicer set.
  • Add a squirt or two of club soda or lime juice to your glass of strawberry lemonade.
  • Put this lemonade in the freezer until it just starts to freeze, not all the way through. After that, give it a good stir, and then serve. It will taste just like a strawberry lemonade slushy.
Strawberry lemonade in a glass.
Strawberry lemonade in a glass.

๐Ÿ™‹ FAQs

Can I Freeze Strawberry Lemonade?

Yes, you can freeze strawberry lemonade. A fun idea is to put the lemonade in popsicle molds and then freeze them. When the kiddos are playing outside on a hot day, give them a strawberry lemonade popsicle. Or just freeze the lemonade in individual plastic cups and hand them out to the kids.

Fill an ice cube tray with this strawberry lemonade and at your next social party, add the strawberry ice cubes to mix drinks instead of using regular ice cubes.

What else can I add to Strawberry Lemonade?

There are many additional food items you can add to lemonade. A few suggestions are club soda or sparkling water, frozen strawberries, a lemon wedge, mint leaves, a few blueberries or raspberries, ice cubes, or lemon zest. For adults only, gin or vodka.

Strawberry lemonade in a glass.
Strawberry lemonade in a glass.

๐Ÿ’ญ Final Thoughts

This delicious strawberry lemonade uses fresh ingredients and will surely please the whole family. The blend of strawberry and lemon flavors is a perfect balance of sweet strawberry juice plus tart lemon juice in this summery drink.

On the next warm day, or for that matter any time of year, grab a bunch of lemons and make the best strawberry lemonade you can imagine. This classic lemonade recipe makes a fantastic drink for all your guests at a birthday party. And for adults, it can also make a refreshing summer cocktail by simply adding a bit of hard alcohol to it.

Strawberry lemonade in a glass.

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๐Ÿ—‚๏ธ Recipe Card

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

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Strawberry lemonade is a delightful drink with a perfect balance of sweet strawberries and the tartness of lemons. This is a refreshing thirst quencher that is a popular choice to beat the heat on scorching summer days.
5 from 3 votes
Cost $7
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings 1 Pitcher

๐Ÿซ• Equipment

๐Ÿง‚ Ingredients
  

  • 5 fresh lemons
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 12 cups very cold water

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Instructions
 

  • Wash the strawberries under cold running water. Remove the stems. Cut them in halves or fourths. Set aside.
  • Squeeze the juice out of the lemons.
  • Combine the cut-up strawberries and the lemon juice.
  • Put the strawberry and lemon mixture into a blender and mix for about 15 seconds until the strawberries are small pieces.
  • Add the sugar to the strawberry mixture in the blender.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the cold water to a large pitcher.
  • Pour the strawberry mixture into the pitcher with the cold water. Mix thoroughly.
  • Chill for a couple of hours or to your liking.

*๏ธโƒฃ Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have any lemons, you can use store-bought lemon juice.
  • You can mix the strawberries into a puree instead of chunks if you prefer.
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