Skip store-bought mixes! This quick and easy strawberry lemonade recipe delivers the perfect balance of sweet and tart for ultimate summer refreshment.

There’s nothing better than a refreshing glass of lemonade when the weather gets warmer, am I right? Whether you are working in the yard, hanging out by the pool, or celebrating with family and friends, a cool glass of lemonade totally hits the spot.

Instead of making a traditional lemonade, have you ever tried strawberry lemonade? It’s so good! Wait until you try this refreshing recipe for strawberry lemonade!

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What Makes This the Best Strawberry Lemonade Recipe?

This recipe is super refreshing because of the combination of fresh strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice. It can be made with or without alcohol, making it versatile and perfect for any occasion. The fresh ingredients elevate this drink, making it flavorful and unique.

Difference Between Strawberry and Pink Lemonade

Although they are both pink in color, strawberry lemonade uses real strawberries. Where pink lemonade is just pink. And it may or may not have strawberries in it.

Pink lemonade is typically made using fresh lemons and food dye, grenadine or natural food coloring from fruit to make it pink.

  • Strawberry Lemonade: Uses real strawberries, giving it a natural pink hue.
  • Pink Lemonade: Typically made with fresh lemons and food dye, grenadine, or natural fruit coloring (e.g., strawberries, cranberries, raspberries).

Fruits commonly used to make lemonade turn pink include:

  • strawberries
  • cranberries
  • raspberries

Did you know that beets can even be used to help change the coloring of lemonade? Yes!

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Health Benefits of Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry lemonade is high in Vitamin C due to the combination of fresh strawberries and lemons, which helps boost the immune system. The antioxidants found in strawberries may also help reduce inflammation and provide other health benefits. Enjoying this refreshing drink not only quenches your thirst but can also contribute to overall wellness.

To make a boozy freshing strawberry lemonade, go with vodka - here are the ingredients to make strawberry lemonade.
Ingredients for Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

How to Make Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Making strawberry lemonade is simple and refreshing. Start by creating a strawberry simple syrup with fresh strawberries, sugar, and water. Mix this with freshly squeezed lemon juice and, optionally, vodka. Add sparkling water just before serving, and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices. This easy-to-follow recipe yields a perfectly balanced, thirst-quenching drink that’s ideal for warm days.

As an aside, I make non-alcoholic strawberry lemonade often and keep it in these beautiful glass canisters on the kitchen counter for my family to enjoy.

But when we are celebrating an event with family and friends, I will spike it up with some vodka. And it is REALLY good!!!! So you can make this strawberry lemonade recipe both with or without alcohol. Just leave the vodka out if you want to make it non-alcoholic.

This cocktail is super easy to make and I know you’ll love it. I’m telling you, it will be your new favorite summertime drink!

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Gather Ingredients for Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

To make this refreshing strawberry lemonade recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries, washed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)
  • 1 cup lemon juice (from about 4-5 lemons)
  • 1.5 cups sparkling water
  • 1 lemon, sliced (for garnish)
  • 1 bunch mint (for garnish)
pouring water into pot

Make Strawberry Simple Syrup

Follow these steps to create a delicious strawberry simple syrup for your lemonade:

  1. Wash and Slice Strawberries: Reserve a few for garnish.
  2. Combine Water and Sugar: In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add Strawberries: Simmer for a few minutes until the strawberries soften.
  4. Blend Mixture: Blend the strawberry mixture until smooth. Let it cool.

Mix the Lemonade Base

  1. Combine Simple Syrup and Lemon Juice: Pour the cooled strawberry simple syrup into a pitcher and add 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
  2. Add Vodka (Optional): If making a cocktail, stir in 1 cup of vodka. For a non-alcoholic version, skip this step.
  3. Stir to Mix: Stir the mixture well.

Add Alcohol or Keep Non-Alcoholic

  • Add vodka if you want an alcoholic version or leave it out for a non-alcoholic version.

Serve with Garnishes

  1. Add sparkling water just before serving.
  2. Serve on ice, garnished with mint leaves and lemon slices.
cooking down the strawberries to make strawberry lemonade
squeezing lemons to make fresh lemonjuice for theStrawberry Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe Quick Tips

Here are some quick tips for making this recipe for homemade strawberry lemonade.

  • Fresh Ingredients: The freshest strawberries and lemons give the best flavor.
  • Lemon Juicer: Use a lemon juicer to make the process easier.
  • Blender: Use a high-quality blender to blend ingredients smoothly.
  • Make Ahead: Tastes better the second day. Refrigerate tightly covered without sparkling water. Add sparkling water just before serving.
  • Frozen Strawberries: Can be used if fresh aren’t available.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda Substitute: Can replace sparkling water for a sweeter taste.
  • Increase Vodka: For a boozier cocktail, increase vodka to 1 ¼ cups.
  • Strain Berries: For raspberries or blackberries, strain before pouring into a pitcher.
Blend all of the ingredients up to make this Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Variations and Substitutions for Strawberry Lemonade

Get creative with your strawberry lemonade by experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. Here are some easy swaps and enhancements to personalize your drink:

  • Fruits: Swap strawberries for raspberries or blackberries.
  • Garnishes: Experiment with basil, thyme, or edible flowers.
  • Sweeteners: Substitute sugar with honey or agave syrup.
  • Alcohol: Substitute vodka with rum or gin.

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe FAQ

If you have questions about making strawberry lemonade, check out these frequently asked questions for helpful tips and answers:

  • Can I make this recipe without sugar?
    Yes, substitute sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or agave syrup.
  • How long does it keep in the fridge?
    When stored tightly covered, strawberry lemonade can last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. But you’ll probably finish it off before then!
  • Can I freeze strawberry lemonade?
    Yes, freeze it in ice cube trays or a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Can I use frozen strawberries?
    Absolutely! It’s a good idea to ensure they’re fully thawed before blending. But I have to admit I’ve been a little lazy about it before and blended them up frozen.
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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe: The Ultimate Summer Sip

Stacy Ling
Skip store-bought mixes! This quick and easy strawberry lemonade recipe delivers the perfect balance of sweet and tart for ultimate summer refreshment.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 385 kcal



  • Wash, stem and slice strawberries. Reserve a few for garnish.
    Whole and sliced strawberries on a wooden cutting board with a knife in the background.
  • Add water and sugar to saucepan. And bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    A person pours water from a pyrex measuring cup into a pot on a stovetop, with visible measurements and kitchen background.
  • Add berries, then simmer a few more minutes.
    A hand holding a whisk stirs water in a pot on an induction stove.
  • Blend berry and sugar mixture until smooth. Allow to cool.
  • Pour into a pitcher, then add the vodka. For non-alcoholic, skip the vodka.
    A kitchenaid blender on a kitchen countertop blending a pink smoothie, with a bottle of tito's vodka and a pyrex measuring cup filled with liquid beside it.
  • Add lemon juice and stir.
    A person is using a yellow hand-held citrus juicer to squeeze a lemon into a pyrex measuring cup on a kitchen counter, surrounded by strawberries and a bottle.
  • Add sparkling water before serving. If you are pre-making this, add this just before serving so it doesn't lose its fizz.
    A refreshing summer drink setup with a pitcher and two mason jars containing a vibrant red beverage, garnished with lemon slices. fresh strawberries and a lemon rest beside them on a wooden tray.
  • Serve on ice and enjoy!
    A refreshing strawberry lemonade in a mason jar garnished with a lemon slice, surrounded by fresh strawberries and lemon halves on a wooden surface.


  • This recipe is even better the second day. If pre-making, cover tightly and refrigerate. And don’t add the fizzy drink until you are ready to serve so it stays fresh.
  • You can swap lemonade or lemon juice for fresh lemon juice but fresh tastes better.
  • Frozen strawberries can be used.
  • It is OK to use a lemon-lime soda in place of sparkling water but it will make it a lot sweeter.
  • If you like a boozier cocktail, bump the vodka up to 1 1/4 cups.
  • Feel free to use raspberries or blackberries, but you may want to strain it before pouring it into a pitcher.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 22mgFiber: 5gSugar: 56g
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  1. Your lemonade looks so delicious and refreshing, Stacy. Absolutely perfect for spring and summer. I will definitely be making this soon!

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