Best Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

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Strawberry Lemonade is a slightly sweet and tart refreshing beverage that everyone will love! Made with fresh squeezed lemons, and strawberry juice, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Glass with strawberry lemonade and yellow straw.


This is the Best Strawberry Lemonade Drink!

We had a gorgeous warm few days this past weekend and now I am ready to break out the shorts. I was dreaming of sitting on the porch, feeling the summer breeze, and drinking this AMAZING strawberry lemonade. This drink has the right mix of sweet and sour not to mention the beautiful red/pink color. 

On the rare occasion that we take the kids out to dinner, their special treat is getting lemonade. It is their absolute favorite, they don’t even care if they eat, they just want the lemonade. One restaurant we went to had strawberry lemonade and I thought their heads were going to explode. Ava, my oldest, talked about that pink drink for weeks so I thought I would surprise her and try making some at home.

Top view of glass with strawberry lemonade and strawberries and lemon beside the glass.

Ingredients needed

  • Lemons – You will need both the zest and the juice of fresh lemons.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar is used to add sweetness.
  • Strawberries – Fresh strawberries are used for the juice and flavor.
  • Salt – Just a pinch of salt is used to balance the sweetness.

How to make Strawberry Lemonade

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This recipe is made with fresh squeezed lemons and chopped strawberries so it is the real deal.

  • Bring lemon zest, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. This makes the simple syrup.
  • In a medium bowl, mix strawberries and sugar and let it sit for at least one hour to make the strawberry juice.
  • Strain the strawberries and reserve the juice.
  • Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold water in a pitcher.
  • Spoon strawberry juice in glasses. Add ice and lemonade. Top with strawberries.

How to store Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Store covered in the refrigerator. I would recommend not storing with ice cubes so that it doesn’t get watered down. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade FAQs

Is pink lemonade and strawberry lemonade the same?

Pink lemonade usually has red food coloring added to make the pink color. 

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe tips

If you want to make it an adult beverage, add some vodka or champagne.

If you have any left over of the sugared strawberries, they are great on top of some pancakes or angel food cake. Cheers!

I would highly recommend adding this recipe to your list of things to make this spring and summer. It makes the perfect warm weather drink and great for a holiday brunch along with Blushing Mimosa.

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Strawberry Lemonade - The BEST strawberry lemonade. Made with fresh lemon juice and strawberries, everyone will love this recipe!
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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Drink

By Heather
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
Prep: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • The zest of 1 lemon cut into wide strips I used a vegetable peeler for this
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice 9-10 lemons
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries stems removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • To make the lemon simple syrup, bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cup water to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Let cook to room temperature.
  • To make the strawberry syrup, toss the strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl and let sit until the sugar dissolves. (About 1 hour) Can sit at room temperature or in refrigerator.
  • Strain the strawberry mixture, reserve the strawberry syrup and berries separately.
  • To make the lemonade, combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, salt and 2 cups cold water in a pitcher.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup in tall glass and fill with ice. Then top with lemonade and reserved strawberries.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin C: 59.7mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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