Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

With the weather warming up, it’s definitely time to whip up a pitcher of this cool and refreshing Strawberry Lemonade recipe!

 With the weather warming up, it's definitely time to whip up a pitcher of this cool and refreshing Strawberry Lemonade recipe!

I don’t know about you, but my kids are always begging me to let them have a lemonade stand in our front yard so they can sell cups of lemonade to people as they drive by.

Luckily my brother in law has a few lemon trees in his backyard, so every once in a while I’m gifted a bucketful of fresh lemons. There is nothing more satisfying on a warm day than a cool glass of lemonade, especially if that lemonade is homemade.

How To Make Homemade Lemonade From Scratch

It’s really quite simple and only requires a few ingredients – lemons, sugar and water.  In order to make Strawberry Lemonade, we will also need fresh or frozen strawberries.

  • Start by creating a simple syrup – combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan and heat it just until the sugar dissolves, then remove the mixture from heat and let it cool.
  • Place the strawberries and 1 cup of water in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • You’ll want to strain the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any excess solids. This is the strainer I use.
  • Now all that’s left is to combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, strawberry juices and remaining water in a large pitcher.

Place fresh or frozen strawberries in a blender or food processor to make the strawberry lemonade mixture.

Fresh or Frozen Strawberries –

You can use either fresh or frozen strawberries to make strawberry lemonade. If using frozen strawberries, let them defrost before blending, or you’ll just end up with a strawberry slushy.

PRO TIP: Don’t skip the step of straining the strawberries.

It might seem like a trivial step to strain the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer, but it’ll make a world of difference in the final texture of the lemonade. If you don’t strain it, you’ll end up with a chunky, chewy lemonade mixture. Not so refreshing.

Top down image of Strawberry Lemonade in a large pitcher.

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Clear glass full of strawberry lemonade with ice. Garnished with fresh strawberries and a lemon slice.

I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do!

Clear glass full of strawberry lemonade with ice. Garnished with fresh strawberries and a lemon slice.
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Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

This refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe uses fresh strawberries, lemons, sugar and water to make a delicious and yummy drink!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Shawn

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Fine Mesh Strainer

Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 5 to 6 lemons

Instructions

  • Combine the sugar and 2 cups of water in a small pot and heat over medium heat. Stir until sugar is full dissolved. Set aside to let cool.
  • Combine the strawberries and 1 cup of water in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids.
  • Combine the strawberry juice, lemon juice and sugar water in a pitcher with a few cups of ice and stir to combine. Add in the remaining 4 to 5 cups of water, depending on your taste preference and stir.
  • If desired, add slices of lemons and strawberries to the pitcher and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Notes
If using frozen strawberries, let them defrost fully before blending. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Drinks, Lemons, Party, Strawberry Lemonade, Summer
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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