Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh, homemade Strawberry Lemonade might be the best thing you’ve ever tasted! Made with fresh berries and lemons, water and sugar, you do not want to miss out on this classic summer beverage.

mint leaves, strawberries and lemon slices garnishing a glass of strawberry lemonade

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and buy something, Feast + West receives a small commission at no additional cost to you. All opinions are our own. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe

Now that I’m a small business owner, it’s fun to think about where all of that started.

Honestly, it might have been the ol’ lemonade stand. I’d get up on a Saturday morning and ask my parents if I could set up a lemonade stand.

I’d sit in the yard at a card table for hours with a pitcher of Crystal Light and some solo cups. My generous neighbors would eventually stop by and humor me with a quarter.

I love those memories, but I wish that little girl had something better than store-bought lemonade to offer!

She didn’t know this yet, but homemade lemonade is where it’s at — and flavored with fresh strawberries? THE BEST.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Homemade strawberry lemonade is like summer in a glass! And it is the perfect summer drink.

  • Made with fresh, natural ingredients, you can feel good about what goes into this lemonade.
  • It’s a simple recipe that you can pull together in less than 20 minutes with the help of a blender.
  • Sip it on its own or mix it into cocktails.

This classic lemonade recipe is going to be your new favorite. And probably one of the whole family’s favorite things, too.

strawberry lemonade ingredients

Ingredients

To make homemade lemonade, you only need four simple ingredients: strawberries, sugar, water and a bunch of lemons.

Let’s talk a little bit about what you will need for this recipe:

Sugar

Granulated white sugar or cane sugar will work best. You may use maple syrup, honey, agave nectar or brown sugar, but keep in mind these may affect the color slightly and dull the color of those fresh berries.

You can also reduce the sugar if you like, especially if you have very sweet strawberries.

To reduce the sweetness, I recommend making the simple syrup and then adding it ¼ cup at a time, mixing well. Taste after each addition until you reach your desired sweetness.

If you want to use a sugar-free substitute, like Stevia, go for it. Depending on your sweetness preference, you should use about 10 packets’ worth in the simple syrup.

Water

Ideally, you should use filtered water for the freshest taste. If you have a Brita or Soma filter or your fridge filters your water, that will work great. Distilled and bottled water work too.

You absolutely can use tap water though if needed.

a pitcher of strawberry lemonade with two glasses

Lemon juice

Okay, so yes… you technically can use the bottled concentrate from the store. Have I done it? Yes, I’m a human, and you can’t beat how convenient it is! So if you need to, it’s okay to do.

But please hear me when I say that the flavor is SO much better if you use fresh lemons — trust me.

If you really need to take a shortcut, look in your grocery store’s produce section and see if the grocery store sells fresh-squeezed lemon juice. You can get the same taste with less effort, though it will likely be more expensive than the concentrate.

Tip: Room temperature lemons will juice a lot easier than cold, refrigerated ones. Set your citrus fruits out on the counter for a couple hours to warm up before making lemonade.

Strawberries

Bright red, juicy, ripe strawberries are the best for this lemonade.

Though frozen berries are an option, fresh strawberries will provide the most succulent, sweet flavor. Strawberry season will vary depending on where you live, but usually they are available in the early summer months. if you can get your hands on berries from a local grower, do it. It’s always nice to support farmers.

For fresh berries, make sure you wash and pat dry your berries before you begin. Then, use a strawberry huller to remove the green tops of the berries. Since they’re going in the blender, there’s no reason to slice them.

You can use frozen strawberries in this recipe, ideally sliced ones. They might need a tad longer in the blender to get nice and puréed.

a glass pitcher containing strawberry lemonade on a white background

Best way to juice lemons

Strawberry lemonade tastes so delicate with freshly juiced lemons. These two are the perfect combination!

My favorite way to juice lemons for lemonade is with an electric juicer (affiliate link).

It makes juicing citrus so easy — you can use it for grapefruit, oranges and limes too. It does a great job of getting every last drop of the juice out of each fruit.

You can also use a citrus squeezer (affiliate link) (though it will take some hand strength!), a reamer or a hand juicer. Here are some of my favorite juicers:

No juicer? No problem. Check out these tips for juicing lemons without a juicer.

a sieve in a measuring cup straining strawberry puree

How to make Strawberry Lemonade

Making lemonade from scratch is pretty easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, juice all your lemons. You can do this in advance and store it in the fridge for a day if you like.
  2. Then, make a simple syrup on the stove. We will use this to sweeten the lemonade. Heat water and sugar on the stove over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. While that cools, prepare your strawberries. Hull them to remove them green stems. Then place strawberries in a blender with water.
  4. Blend together to make strawberry puree in a blender or a food processor. Blend until there are no more large chunks.
  5. With a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain out the strawberry seeds and pulp to get a strawberry juice. You may need to do this one or two times.
  6. Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberry mixture in a large pitcher. Top with cold water. Refrigerate until ready to drink!

Then pour it into glasses of ice cubes and garnish with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

Enjoy this refreshing drink! Now you’re ready for a cookout or a lemonade stand on a hot summer day.

a pitcher of strawberry lemonade with a couple of glasses and lemons

Variations and substitutions

Have fun with this perfect summertime drink and try one of these ways to make it even more perfect:

Boozy lemonade. Add a shot of vodka, tequila or rum for a refreshing summer cocktail. Or top with champagne!

Strawberry Limeade: Use fresh limes instead of lemons for a zippier libation.

Peach strawberry lemonade: Sweeten your lemonade with a fruity simple syrup, like peach syrup.

Strawberry mint lemonade: Use an herbal syrup like mint syrup or rosemary syrup.

Mixed berry lemonade: Use different types of berries like blackberries, raspberries and blueberries as well as strawberries.

Raspberry lemonade: Substitute fresh raspberries for strawberries.

Strawberry lemonade mimosas: Add some fresh strawberry lemonade to a glass and top with champagne! (See also these strawberry mimosas.)

a glass of strawberry lemonade on a coaster

More pitcher recipes

Try one of these easy recipes to go with your strawberry lemonade!

mint leaves, strawberries and lemon slices garnishing a glass of strawberry lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 12 cups

Strawberry Lemonade is the most refreshing summer drink ever! Make it with fresh fruit, and it is greatly improved over the store-bought stuff.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5½ cups water, divided
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled
  • 10 lemons, juiced (about 2 ½ cups juice)
  • 5 cups water

Instructions

  1. First, juice all your lemons. You can do this in advance and store it in the fridge for a day if you like.
  2. Then, make a simple syrup on the stove with which to sweeten the lemonade. Heat ½ cup water and sugar on the stove over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare your strawberries. Wash and hull them, then blend them with 1 cup water to make a purée.
  4. With a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth, strain out the seeds and pulp so you are left with a strawberry juice. You may need to repeat this one or two times to remove all seeds.
  5. Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberry juice in a pitcher. Top with 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until ready to drink!

Notes

Feel free to use frozen strawberries or store-bought lemon juice instead, but fresh will taste the best.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #feastandwestrecipes!

The Golden Ratio Guide:

Mix the perfect cocktail, every time

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!