Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

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This blend of fresh basil and sweet strawberries with the tartness of lemon juice creates a refreshing summer treat that’s irresistibly good.

3 glasses strawberry basil lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

No blender, no strainer, just a surprisingly delicious blend of fresh basil, sweet strawberries, and tart lemon juice. A grownup lemonade that's a perfect base for a cocktail.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients 

Strawberry Basil Syrup

  • 1 cup strawberries sliced (frozen is perfect!)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves

To Make the Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice 7-10 lemons
  • 3 cups water for mixing

Instructions 

  • Make the strawberry syrup. Heat the berries, sugar, and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and mash. with a fork or potato masher. Simmer for 1-3 minutes until the berries are softened. Turn off the heat
    saucepan with whole strawberries.
  • Steep the basil. Add the basil leaves to the syrup and let them steep for at least 15 minutes. Longer is fine too, but the basil flavor will be stronger. Remove and discard.
    basil in saucepan
  • Mix and chill. Combine the berry syrup (yes with the bits of fruit too!), lemon juice, and 3 cups of water in a pitcher and chill. Serve over ice with lemon wedge, fresh basil leaves and strawberry slice for garnish.

Notes

For an adult beverage, add 1.5 ounces of lemon or strawberry-flavored vodka to each glass. 
It is fine to use some or all bottled lemon juice for this recipe, but of course, fresh juice will always taste best! 
Frozen sliced strawberries work perfectly for this recipe and require zero prep.
closeup of strawberry lemonade in mason jar.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Super Tasty: With a refreshing blend of strawberries, basil, and lemon juice, this drink is an absolute delight that offers a fantastic balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • Quick and Easy: No blender or strainer required! With just a few steps and in less than 15 minutes, you’ll have a refreshing drink ready.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: The beautiful pink color and unique flavor combination will impress your guests at summer parties and picnics.
  • Versatile: Enjoy it as is for a daytime refreshment, or add a splash of vodka for a sophisticated cocktail for your evening gatherings.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on marble counter.

You’ll need the following for this yummy summer drink:

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh lemon juice

🍴Instructions

Step One: make the strawberry syrup

sauce pan with whole berries and mashed strawberry syrup.

Begin by cooking up your strawberries, sugar, and a bit of water in a small saucepan. Boil and mash them until the berries soften up.

Step Two: steep with basil leaves

basil leaves being added to sauccepan

Now add your fresh basil leaves into the syrup. Let them chill out there for about 15 minutes. The longer they stay, the stronger the basil taste, so gauge according to your preference.

Step three: add lemon juice and water

pitcher with lemon juice and water added.

Combine your delicious strawberry-basil syrup with lemon juice and some water in a pitcher. Pop it into the fridge to chill.

Step Four: garnish and serve

overhead view with basil leaves and whole berries

Now all that’s left is to serve it over ice, garnished with a lemon wedge, fresh basil leaves, and a strawberry slice.

🥫 Storage instructions

You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

If you want to extend its shelf life, you can freeze it! Pour the lemonade into an ice cube tray and freeze.

When you’re ready to enjoy it, let a few cubes thaw or add them directly to your water for a slow-melt flavor infusion.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

Absolutely, you can! However, using fresh juice will give your lemonade the vibrant flavor we all love.

Why not just add the basil to the syrup and keep it there?

It turns brown. ☹️

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure to mash your strawberries well to extract all their flavor.
  • Allow the basil to steep in the syrup adequately to ensure you get that subtle, herbaceous touch in your lemonade.
  • If you like your lemonade sweeter, feel free to add more sugar.

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🍽 Serve it with

  • BBQ Ribs or Chicken
  • Grilled Veggie Skewers
  • A fresh garden salad
  • Light sandwiches or wraps
3 glasses strawberry lemonade with basil leaves.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe
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