How To Make Strawberry Lemonade

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How To Make Strawberry Lemonade? So you’re driving around Philadelphia, half asleep and then bam…you hit strawberry season. Yes, it’s that time of year when strawberry stands expand like a pus pocket and strawberry lemonade cans pile up all over the supermarket aisle. I don’t know about the rest of the world but here in Philly when strawberries season rolls out, it gets hot and I’m usually pretty sleep deprived from my early morning shift at the store, so I like to take a break from my screen and take myself a nice long walk.

All Natural Strawberry Lemonade

This strawberry lemonade is tart and tasty with a sweet kick, perfect for the cook with garden access during the summer months. You’ll need a blender with a “puree” or “high pulse” setting. Garnish with any leftover strawberries.

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All Natural Strawberry Lemonade

Recipe Summary

Total:15 minsPrep:15 minsServings:12

Ingredients

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  • 8 large strawberries, halved
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup white sugar

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Place strawberries in a blender; top with 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour 1 cup water over sugared strawberries; blend until completely smooth.
  • Step 2Transfer strawberry juice into a large pitcher; stir in remaining 6 cups water, lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar until well blended. Chill before serving.

Strawberry Lemonade

This easy Strawberry Lemonade recipe is my kid’s favorite summer drink. It’s homemade and requires just four basic ingredients! 

Out of all of the homemade drink recipes on my site, this lemonade recipe may be my personal favorite! My kids love to help me make it and squeeze the lemons. They also love helping me make Sparkling Mint Limeade and Easy Orange Julius.

A glass of strawberry lemonade with a strawberry and lemon slice on the cup rim and strawberries and lemons in the background.
Strawberry Lemonade
Overhead photo of a bowl of lemons and strawberries.

The best part of this homemade lemonade recipe is how easy it is to make.  You can even freeze the simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice so that making homemade lemonade is easy any time of year.

A liquid measuring cup with fresh squeezed lemon juice next to another photo of a saucepan with water and clear bowl with sugar to make homemade lemonade.
Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients:

The ingredients for homemade lemonade couldn’t be simpler! You can make lemonade with the following 4 ingredients:

  • Strawberries: Hull ½ lb of strawberries (cut the green stem off), and toss them in your food processor.
  • Lemons: Fresh lemons are essential for this recipe to get that great fresh-squeezed lemonade taste. Depending on the size of your lemons, you will need between 6-8 medium size lemons to get 1 ½ cups of lemon juice for this recipe.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar gets dissolved in water to create a simple syrup.
  • Water: How much water you add depends on how sweet you like your lemonade.
Sliced strawberries in a food processor next to another photo of the strawberries after pureed in the food processor.
How to make Strawberry Lemonade:
  • Puree the strawberries. Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds, if you want.
  • Make a simple syrup. Add sugar and 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Juice your lemons. Strain the lemon juice through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  • Combine syrup, lemon juice, and pureed strawberries. Stir to combine.
  • Chill. 
A clear glass pitcher with strawberry lemonade and lemon slices floating on top.
Can you freeze fresh lemonade?

Yes! You can freeze the lemon juice concentrate from this recipe and save it to make homemade lemonade, any time. Mix the cooled simple syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and pureed strawberries together. Pour into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 5 months.

When ready to use, allow the mixture to thaw and add it to a pitcher. Add water, to taste, until you reach your desired sweetness.

Recipe

A glass of strawberry lemonade with a strawberry and lemon slice on the cup rim and strawberries and lemons in the background.

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Strawberry Lemonade

This easy Strawberry Lemonade recipe is my kids favorite fresh summer  drink. It’s homemade and requires just three basic ingredients!  

Ingredients  1x2x3x

  • ▢1/2 pound fresh strawberries , stems removed
  • ▢1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • ▢4 1/2-5 cups water , divided
  • ▢1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds. 
  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups water. 
  • Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
  • When ready to serve, add 2 ½ cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it’s too sweet.
  • Serve with ice.

Strawberry Lemonade

Freshly squeezed lemons team up with juicy, ripe strawberries for the perfect summer drink. Homemade strawberry lemonade hits all the right notes: tart, sweet, and all-around refreshing. Be sure to strain the strawberry puree, especially if you’re not using a high-powered blender, as you’ll get rid of any seeds or excess pulp that remain. Or, if you enjoy some fruity pulp, skip that step and make this an even easier recipe!

Topping your drink with a sprig of mint adds nice brightness and pop to both flavor and look, but is totally optional! For real mintiness to infuse into your drink, be sure to take the leaves and bruise them with your fingers before stirring into your drink to release all of that flavor. 

If strawberries aren’t really in season, you can even use defrosted frozen strawberries! One thing that you really want to avoid doing here is using store-bought lemon juice. That stuff usually comes with a bitter note and will leave you with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Still thirsty? Try out our other lemonade recipes for refreshing drinks all summer long! Once you’ve made a pitcher of this, let us know how it went in the comments below! YIELDS:6 SERVINGSPREP TIME:0 HOURS 5 MINSTOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 25 MINSINGREDIENTS1 c. 

granulated sugar6 c. 

water, divided1 lb. 

strawberries, hulled and halved 1 c. 

freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 8 to 10 lemons

Ice

Mint leaves (optional) DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook until dissolved. Let cool. 
  2. In a blender, combine strawberries and 1 cup water. Blend until pureed. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain puree and discard any solids that remain. 
  3. In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, strawberry puree, lemon juice, and remaining 4 cups water. Adjust with more water or lemon juice to taste. 
  4. Serve over ice with mint, if desired.

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Glass of iced strawberry lemonade

The ultimate summer refresher made easier and healthier! Tart lemon juice is blended with ripe strawberries and naturally sweetened with agave nectar to create the perfect balance of tart and sweet. This strawberry lemonade is bright and fresh with a beautiful pink hue! Just 3 ingredients10 minutes, and 1 blender required. Let us show you how it’s done. 

Lemon wedges, agave, and water around a bowl of sliced strawberries

Best Natural Sweeteners for Strawberry Lemonade

To ensure the best possible flavor while keeping this strawberry lemonade naturally sweetened, we did lots of testing: agave, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and stevia. A clear winner stood out: agave! It blended smoothly and also enhanced the strawberry and lemon flavors without being overpowering.

Not as winning?

  • Honey stuck to the bottom of the blender, which made blending a little more finicky, however it was very floral and delicious.
  • Maple syrup gave it a maple strawberry flavor — not something we preferred, but it would be nice with bourbon.
  • Coconut sugar was a little too flavor specific and tasted like brown sugar.
  • Stevia will work if you’re used to its aftertaste, but it’s tricky not to go overboard while still providing enough balance for the tartness of the lemons.

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

This recipe is incredibly easy! Simply blend up fresh strawberries with water, agave, and a generous amount of lemon juice and it’s ready to serve!

Pouring water over strawberries in a blender

With this dump and blend method, it will be a little frothy at the top (which we enjoyed). But if frothy isn’t your thing, you can blend the strawberries and agave with just a small amount of water then mix them with the lemon juice and remaining water. We’ve included a note for this method at the bottom of the recipe.

Homemade strawberry lemonade in a blender

If you prefer a smoother option, you can strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the strawberry seeds.

Pouring strawberry lemonade through a fine mesh strainer to remove strawberry seeds

Then simply serve it at room temperature, chilled, or over ice.

Pouring strawberry lemonade over a glass of ice

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