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Quick and easy strawberry lemonade is a fun, refreshing, child-approved drink made with just 4 ingredients in 5 minutes. It’s perfect for enjoying all spring and summer!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Homemade lemonade isn’t just refreshing, it’s also surprisingly simple to make. I’ve already shared crisp cucumber lemonade and aromatic basil lemonade, but this fun, fruity strawberry lemonade is one of the easiest – it’s barely even a recipe. Just chop, blend, and in minutes, you have a crowd-pleasing twist on classic lemonade for all your spring and Summer BBQs, picnics, pool parties, and get-togethers!

It basically transforms homemade strawberry juice with a couple of extra ingredients into a fun, cooling, sweet-tart, crowd-pleasing summer sipper free from preservatives and artificial ingredients and full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like vitamin C, E, and potassium.

This easy recipe for strawberry lemonade is customizable, too; use an unrefined or sugar-free sweetener, adjust amounts, and/or tweak the flavor with extra fruit, and herbs. You can even blend it with ice for an instant slushie.

Looking for more ways to enjoy strawberries this summer? Try fresh strawberry kale salad, creamy strawberry milk tea, bright strawberry mint sorbet, or cozy strawberry crumble.

Ingredients and Substitutes

Please refer to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and quantities.

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How To Flavor Homemade Strawberry Lemonade?

  • Fresh herbs: Make an aromatic strawberry basil lemonade or strawberry mint lemonade with a small handful of herbs. A few sprigs of rosemary, thyme, or lavender may also work. (click here for how to store fresh herbs)
  • Ginger: Add a slightly spicy, zingy flavor with finely grated ginger.
  • Other fruits: Experiment with tasty, fruity blends by replacing between 25-50% of the strawberries with other berries, peach, watermelon, or:
    • Strawberry kiwi lemonade
    • Mango strawberry lemonade
    • Pineapple strawberry lemonade
    • Strawberry peach lemonade
  • Rose: Add subtle floral flavor with rosewater.
  • Tea: Make iced strawberry lemonade tea with black tea or green tea by replacing 50-100% of the water with tea (brewed and cooled OR cold-brewed). Don’t over-steep, or it may become bitter.

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

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Step 1: First, wash the strawberries and pull or slice off the green stems, then juice the lemons. Transfer the berries to a blender or food processor with the water, lemon juice, sweetener, and ice (optional – for a slushy consistency). Blend for a minute or until smooth.

FAQs

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes, if thawed first. However, frozen strawberries often aren’t as sweet and flavorful, and the color may vary from fresh strawberry lemonade.

Do I need to blend it with ice?

No, though ice helps to create a super refreshing slushie-like consistency.

How much lemon juice is in a lemon?

A medium lemon yields about 3 tablespoons of juice, so you’ll need 5-6 lemons for 1 cup of juice.

Can I use granulated sugar in lemonade?

Granulated sugar will dissolve into the lemonade over time but requires mixing and patience. In comparison, simple syrups and liquid sweetened dissolve immediately.

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat it, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves (usually only 1-2 minutes). Leave it to cool, then use it as needed for up to a month.

Pro Recipe Tips

  • Adjust the sweetness/tang: Based on the berry sweetness and preference. Start with a portion of each, blend, then adjust to taste.
  • To avoid diluted lemonade: Serve the lemonade in cups with ice rather than blending it directly into the pitcher of lemonade. Alternatively, make lemonade ice cubes,  so they don’t dilute as they melt.
  • Leave it to rest: If you have the time, leave it to chill for 30-60 minutes before serving to help the flavors meld.
  • Make strawberry lemonade ice pops: Have leftovers? Pour them into a popsicle mold and enjoy as a frozen treat.
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Storage Instructions

If you plan for leftover homemade strawberry lemonade, make it without ice, adding ice to the glasses when serving. Then, store the covered jug in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir well between servings.

You could also freeze the drink in an ice cube tray (or spread flat in a Ziplock/Stasher) for up to 2 months, then blend it from frozen/semi-frozen for a slushie consistency.

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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade [5 Minute Recipe]

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 cups
Quick and easy strawberry lemonade is a fun, refreshing, child-approved drink made with just 4 ingredients in 5 minutes. It's perfect for enjoying all spring and summer!

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed
  • 2 to 3 lemons, peeled
  • Sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 2 cups of ice + more to taste

Instructions 

  • Add water, strawberries, 2 lemons, sugar, and ice to a high-power blender. Blend for 1 minute. Taste and adjust the lemon and sugar levels. Blend again if you added more of any ingredients.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy. Optionally, use a strainer to strain the pulp for a smoother drink. Serve with more ice if needed.

Notes

  • Adjust the sweetness/tang: Based on the berry sweetness and preference. Start with a portion of each, blend, then adjust to taste.
  • To avoid diluted lemonade: Serve the lemonade in cups with ice rather than blending it directly into the pitcher of lemonade. Alternatively, make lemonade ice cubes,  so they don’t dilute as they melt.
  • Leave it to rest: If you have the time, leave it to chill for 30-60 minutes before serving to help the flavors meld.
  • Make strawberry lemonade ice pops: Have leftovers? Pour them into a popsicle mold and enjoy as a frozen treat.

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 147mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.4mg

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Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Method: No cook
Diet: Vegan
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