Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Move over spritz and make room for this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade - the most refreshing summer drink cocktail/mocktail for hosting or beach days - no need for a citrus juicer for this one. Simply blend peeled fresh lemon and fresh strawberries with your favourite sweetener to taste, strain strawberry mixture and enjoy in a nice tall glass filled with ice cubes and topped up with lemon sparkling water if you want it fizzy. Go from mocktail to cocktail status by adding some alcohol. Maximum refreshment and lemony berry flavor in this easy to make homemade lemonade that you will be making all summer long.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients

  • Lemons: You need 4 lemons skin and pith peeled and roughly chopped - feel free to use more if you prefer your lemonade more tart - adjust tartness to taste. Some recipes call for using the whole lemon (peel and all) - you can do that but straining after blending is a must and the lemonade will have a bitter note to it from the skin and pith. Fresh Lemons and fresh lemon juice are a must for this lemonade
  • Strawberries: You will need 1 lbs of strawberries. Look for strawberries that are red all the way through. They will be the sweetest and juiciest, which will make your strawberry lemonade taste like strawberries. If your berries aren’t sweet, add an extra tablespoon of sugar or taste and adjust as needed. I rough chop the strawberries especially if they are really large ones but that is optional - this just helps our your blender a bit.
  • Sugar: ½ cup of sugar is what I use but adjust amount according to taste. Blending the sugar with the fruit helps it breakdown and dissolve well but If you prefer to use a simple syrup that is fine too. Instructions below on how to make your own simple syrup if you prefer to. I use granulated sugar for the most neutral flavour but feel free to use brown sugar or pure cane sugar or feel free to sweeten with honey or even stevia
  • Water: 2 cups is what use but for a more concentrated mixture reduce by half - the water also helps the fruit and lemons to blend well so use as little as you need to help the blending process for a very concentrated lemonade
  • Sparking Water: Is an optional add in to make this lemonade into a fizzy one - I like to top up my glass with it - add as much or as little as you like or leave out

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Variations & Uses For Strawberry Lemonade

  • If you wish to make your strawberry lemonade into a cocktail, you can add vodka, rum or tequila your favourite liquor like Limoncello for a seriously lemony drink or triple sec for a riff on a strawberry margarita
  • If you’d like to add some extra flavor without adding any alcohol, try adding some zero proof spirits or shrubs or a few drops of your favorite bitters.
  • You can mix with white wine to make a sangria similar to this Citrus Sangria
  • Make it a sparkling strawberry lemonade by adding something bubbly to it, almost like a mimosa or bellini. I used a lemon sparkling water for mine but you can use champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling lemonade, ginger ale or ginger beer.
  • Blend it (again!) with frozen berries or with ice for a refreshing smoothie or a copy cat Blended Starbucks Strawberry Lemonade
  • Muddle some basil, mint or fresh ginger and add it to the lemonade.
  • Feel free to switch things up by swapping the lemons for limes making this into a strawberry limeade

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

How To Make This Easy Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

The method for making this homemade strawberry lemonade could not be easier - here is the breakdown (full instructions in recipe card below):

  1. Peel the Skin, White Pith and Seeds From Lemons
  2. Puree the strawberries & Peeled Lemons : Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries, lemons, sugar and water
  3. Strain Mixture: Strain through a fine mesh sieve, if you want.
  4. Chill Until ready to serve
  5. Pour into glass filled with ice
  6. Top up with sparkling water
  7. Garnish with lemon slices, sliced berries and fresh mint or basil

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Can I use simple syrup instead of sugar?

Yes you can use simple syrup instead of sugar in this refreshing summer cocktail /mocktail - either store bought or homemade. Make simple syrup: Place 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat and lightly simmer until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add to cocktails mocktails as desired

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Can I juice my lemons instead of peeling and adding them whole?

Yes you can definitely can juice your lemons and add the juice to the blender wth the strawberries but adding them peeled and whole saves a bit of time and elbow grease but either way will work.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

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Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 mins


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water (for a more concentrated blend reduce amount by half)
  • 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved plus more for garnishing
  • 4 lemons, skin, and outer white pith, removed and chopped into chunks, plus more for garnishing
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Selection Lemon Sparkling Water (optional for a fizzy version)
  • Fresh Mint or basil leaves for garnishing


  1. In a blender, combine strawberries, lemon chunks, sugar and water. Blend until pureed well.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, and discard any solids that remain or leave as is for a pulpy drink.
  3. Fill a wine or spritz glass with ice. Pour strawberry lemonade over ice halfway or more then top with lemon sparkling water if using
  4. Garnish with a lemon slices and strawberries and fresh mint or basil and enjoy

Recipe Notes

  • How to store: Store fresh lemonade in a sealed pitcher or airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or up to 1 weeks. As the strained lemonade sits, it will separate. Give it a shake or a stir before you serve.
  • How to freeze: You can also freeze strawberry lemonade. Transfer the fresh lemonade to an airtight container or pour into ice cube molds. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or container for easy storing. You can freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Note on straining: I prefer to not strain the cocktail because I love the bits of fruit in the drink (gives it a sangria feel) but you can strain it if you want a smoother texture.

Adapted From Smitten Kitchen & Simply Recipes

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade