Sweet + Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade

Your search for the best strawberry lemonade ends here. The perfect blend of fresh lemons and sugared strawberry syrup, this recipe is simple to make, with no blending or straining required.

3 glasses of finished strawberry lemonade

Perfectly Sweet Strawberry Lemonade

A homemade blend of fresh lemons and sugared strawberry syrup. Everyone loves a classic and delicious strawberry lemonade. This one is easy to make, with no blending or straining.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients 

Strawberry Syrup

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

To Make the Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 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.
    small. saucepan of strawberries and sugar before and after simmering.
  • 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 and strawberry slice if desired.
    jar of water and lemon juice
  • Serve. Serve over ice with lemon wedge and strawberry slice if desired.Serve over ice with lemon wedge and strawberry slice if desired.
    overhead view of strawberry lemonade on ice

Notes

We serve these with thick smoothie straws for getting the strawberries in each sip.
Perfect a smoother lemonade?  Just strain the syrup.  No need to change anything else in the recipe.  But give it a try with the berries; it’s delicious!
You will need 7-10 lemons for 1 cup of juice, depending on their size.
Frozen sliced strawberries work perfectly for this recipe and require zero prep!
For a tarter, classic lemonade, make my favorite Old-Fashioned Lemonade.
Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Refreshingly sweet and tart flavor. Everyone will love the perfect balance of fresh lemon juice and sweet strawberries.
  • No blending or straining is required. Yes, this is better with the fruit left in… and you get to skip the step of straining.
  • Quick to make. You’ll want to chill it before serving, but the prep time is only about 15 minutes.

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.

lemons strawberries and sugar on cutitng board

Here’s what you’ll need to make this refreshing treat:

  • strawberries (sliced or whole frozen are perfect)
  • lemons
  • sugar
  • water

🍴Instructions

Step One: Make the strawberry syrup

small. saucepan of strawberries and sugar before and after simmering.

Heat the berries, sugar, and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then mash the berries with a fork or potato masher. Simmer for 1-3 minutes until the berries are softened.

Step Two: Mix and chill

jar of water and lemon juice

Combine the berry syrup, lemon juice, and 3 cups of water in a pitcher. Chill it in the fridge until it is cold. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge and strawberry slice if you want to.

🥫 Storage instructions

Store in the fridge in a tightly covered container for up to four days.

For longer store, this will freeze just fine. Simply pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to two months! When ready to use again, simply thaw in the fridge and serve over ice. You can also make the syrup in large batches to freeze for later.

3 glasses of strawberry lemonade

🔍 FAQs

How many lemons do I need?

You’d be surprised by how long it takes to squeeze a cup of fresh lemon juice. I’d get a dozen to be safe and to have enough for garnishing, but you’ll probably need about 8.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes! It needs a few hours to chill, so you should.

Is it better with or without straining the syrup?

I like dumping the whole thing in the pitcher, bits of fruit and all. It tastes just like the freckled lemonade at Red Robin!

What type of strawberries should I use for the best flavor?

Of course, local and seasonal is always the most delicious. But if it isn’t strawberry season, frozen is perfect.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • This recipe is sweet. I love it and kids will too. But if you often kind things too sweet, try reducing the sugar by a bit the first time you make it.
  • Try adding herbs like mint, basil, or thyme for an extra dimension of flavor!
  • For a special treat, top with sparkling water for a sparkling strawberry lemonade.
  • Finally, don’t forget the thick smoothie straws for getting those bits of fruit in each sip. Yum!

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