Strawberry Lemonade

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For a fun and refreshing drink, make this simple strawberry lemonade. The recipe takes 3 minutes to make and you can easily make a bigger batch.

Strawberry lemonade in a glass with a black straw.

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry lemonade is a fruity caffeine-free drink. Packed with flavor, this homemade recipe is made with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and water.

Deliciously sweet and tart, the sweetness of the strawberries tones down the sourness of the lemon juice.

Quick and easy, the ingredients are mixed in a blender then strained, so the drink is smooth and clear. The fresh strawberries give it a natural red color.

  • The drink takes just 3 minutes to make from start to finish.
  • One recipe yields 16 ounces, or 2 cups, of strawberry lemonade. To make a bigger batch, you can double or triple the ingredients.
  • Serve this lemonade at baby showers, picnics, parties, or whenever you’re craving a cool drink.

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Ingredient Notes

Water, lemon juice, sugar, ice, and strawberries in separate containers.
  • Strawberries: Use fresh, ripe strawberries. Pick ones that are bright red and plump.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice will taste better than the bottled kind. Choose lemons that are heavy for their size.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar is used to make simple syrup, which sweetens the drink.
  • Water: Filtered water will make the best tasting drink.
  • Ice: Use filtered water to make ice too, if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Adding sugar to water in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Make a quick simple syrup by adding sugar to hot water and stirring until dissolved.

Strawberry lemonade ingredients in a blender.

Step 2: In a blender, add simple syrup, cold water, lemon juice, and strawberries. Blend at low speed.

Strain to remove strawberry solids.

Step 3: Strain the strawberry juice through a mesh strainer.

Pour strawberry lemonade in a glass.

Step 4: Pour strawberry lemonade into a cup with ice and drink right away.

Recipe Notes

Use juice from fresh lemons.

Bottled juice might be more convenient, but it doesn’t have the best flavor. Always use juice from fresh lemons instead. A citrus juicer will make squeezing lemons easy and quick.

Adjust the ratio of juices.

Add extra strawberries for a stronger strawberry taste. If you want a more intense lemonade flavor, add a bit more lemon juice.

Prepare the lemonade in advance.

Strawberry lemonade will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store it without ice so the drink doesn’t get watery.

Expert Tips

  • For a stronger strawberry flavor, replace the simple syrup with strawberry simple syrup.
  • Use other sweeteners, like lavender simple syrup or hibiscus simple syrup, for a different flavor profile.
  • If your strawberries are very sweet, or if you want a less sweet drink, omit the simple syrup.
  • The ice will quickly melt and dilute the drink, so be sure to enjoy it right away.
  • Garnish the strawberry lemonade with a lemon slice or fresh strawberry.
Strawberry lemonade in a glass.

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Strawberry Lemonade

By: Jee Choe
Make a refreshing strawberry lemonade in just 3 minutes. The sweet and refreshing flavor is perfect for warm days.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Equipment

Ingredients 

Strawberry Lemonade

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • cup fresh strawberries, (sliced into thirds)
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions 

  • Make the simple syrup.
    Add sugar to hot water. If possible, use filtered water. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
    ¼ cup hot water, 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Blend simple syrup, cold water, lemon juice, and strawberries.
    Turn on the blender on LOW speed. Continue for 20 seconds.
    ½ cup cold water, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, ⅔ cup fresh strawberries
  • Strain the strawberry lemonade.
    Place a mesh strainer on top of a measuring cup. Pour the strawberry lemonade through the strainer.
  • Pour the strawberry lemonade in a cup with ice.
    Optional: Garnish with a lemon slice, strawberry, or fresh mint.
    1 cup ice

Notes

  • Use a citrus juicer to squeeze fresh lemons. Fresh lemon juice will taste better than the bottled kind.
  • If you want a less sweet drink, omit the simple syrup. 
  • Serve the strawberry lemonade immediately so the ice doesn’t dilute it.
  • You can store this strawberry lemonade, without ice, in the fridge for the 3 days. Add the ice just before you drink it.

Nutrition

Calories: 56Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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