Quench your thirst and tantalize your taste buds with our homemade strawberry lemonade! This delightful drink is a vibrant burst of summer flavors. Sun-ripened strawberries are muddled to perfection, releasing their sweet and juicy essence.

The tangy brightness of fresh-squeezed lemons cuts through the sweetness, creating a refreshingly balanced beverage. Unlike store-bought varieties, this homemade version boasts an authentic fruit flavor that will have you coming back for sip after sip. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season and enjoy the taste of summer in every glass!

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Why You’ll Love This Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

  • Fresh, bursting flavor: Unlike store-bought varieties packed with artificial flavors, this lemonade uses real fruit for an explosion of sweet strawberry and tangy lemon in every sip.
  • Perfectly balanced: The recipe allows you to adjust the sugar content to your taste, ensuring a perfect balance between sweet and tart.
  • Customization options: Want a fizzy twist? Add some sparkling water! Feeling adventurous? Muddle in other fruits like raspberries or blueberries!
  • Simple to make: With just a handful of ingredients and minimal steps, this lemonade is perfect for even beginner cooks to whip up in no time.
  • Summer in a glass: This vibrant pink drink is the essence of summertime, perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day and bringing a taste of the season to any occasion.
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Tip for Making the Best Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

  • Maximize strawberry flavor:
    • Ripeness matters: Use the ripest, juiciest strawberries you can find. They’ll have the most concentrated sweetness and flavor.
    • Muddling magic: Don’t just toss in the strawberries whole! Muddling them releases the juices and intensifies the strawberry essence in your lemonade.
    • Berry boost: If you have extra strawberries, try pureeing a portion to create a thicker, more intensely flavored strawberry base.
  • Citrus considerations:
    • Lemon love: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is key. Avoid bottled varieties for the most vibrant and authentic flavor.
    • Beyond the usual: For a twist, experiment with other citrus fruits like limes, grapefruits, or even blood oranges for a unique twist.
  • Sweetness symphony:
    • Simple syrup savior: Simple syrup dissolves easily and avoids a grainy texture in your lemonade. Make a batch ahead of time for easy mixing.
    • Honey option: For a more natural sweetener, consider using honey instead of sugar. Start with a little less honey than sugar and adjust to taste, as honey can be sweeter.
    • Sweetness to taste: Don’t be afraid to adjust the sugar content to your preference. Add a little at a time and taste as you go.
  • The finishing touches:
    • Sparkling surprise: For a fizzy twist, add a splash of club soda or sparkling water to each glass just before serving.
    • Fruity flair: Garnish your lemonade with fresh strawberry slices, lemon wedges, or even other fruits like raspberries or blueberries for a pop of color and extra flavor.
    • Herbal hint: For a refreshing twist, add a sprig of mint or basil to the pitcher while the lemonade chills.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be a homemade strawberry lemonade pro in no time!

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Storing Homemade Lemonade

Here’s how to properly store your homemade strawberry lemonade to keep it fresh and delicious:

Storage Options:

  • Refrigerator (Best for short-term storage):
    • Cool completely: Before storing, let the lemonade cool completely to room temperature. This prevents condensation from building up in the container and potentially watering down the flavor.
    • Airtight container: Transfer the lemonade to an airtight container, like a pitcher with a lid or a mason jar. This prevents air exposure which can degrade the flavor and freshness.
    • Refrigerate: Store the container in the refrigerator. Homemade strawberry lemonade will typically last for 3-5 days when stored properly in the fridge.
  • Freezing (For longer storage):
    • Strain (optional): If you prefer a smoother lemonade after thawing, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any strawberry pulp before freezing.
    • Freezer-safe container: Pour the lemonade into a freezer-safe container, leaving some headspace at the top for expansion during freezing.
    • Freeze: Freeze the lemonade for up to 1 month.

General Tips:

  • Fresh is best: While homemade lemonade will still be safe to consume after a few days, the flavor and freshness will deteriorate over time. It’s always best to enjoy it within a few days of making it.
  • Label the container: If freezing your lemonade, label the container with the date to keep track of how long it’s been frozen.
  • Thaw before serving: When ready to enjoy frozen lemonade, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. You can also quick-thaw it by placing the container in a bowl of cold water.
  • Stir before serving: After thawing, give the lemonade a good stir as the fruit particles may settle during storage.

By following these storage tips, you can enjoy your delicious homemade strawberry lemonade for days to come!

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Making the Recipe

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Nicole Cook
This recipe is a refreshing twist on classic lemonade, bursting with sweet strawberry flavor. It's easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 97 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries hulled and halved
  • ½ cup granulated sugar to taste
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 6-7 lemons
  • 5 cups water
  • ice cubes
  • garnish Optional garnishes: sliced strawberries, lemon wedges


  • Muddle the strawberries: In a large pitcher, muddle the halved strawberries with a muddler or the back of a spoon until they release their juices.
  • Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely, creating a simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Combine everything: Pour the cooled simple syrup, lemon juice, and remaining 4 cups of water into the pitcher with the muddled strawberries. Stir well to combine.
  • Strain (optional): If you prefer a smoother lemonade, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any strawberry seeds.
  • Chill and serve: Add ice cubes to the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve and enjoy! Garnish with sliced strawberries and lemon wedges for an extra touch of summer flair.


Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.2mg
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