This homemade strawberry lemonade is a simple yet refreshing combination of fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. The ultimate summer time drink!

Homemade lemonade tastes so much fresher than store bought. Add some ripe strawberries into the mix and you’ve got a delicious drink to cool off with on a hot day.

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A pitcher of strawberry lemonade garnished with sliced lemons and mint.

I am lucky enough to have a lemon tree in my yard, which means that we make homemade lemonade all the time. This strawberry lemonade is our favorite, I make it almost every week when the weather warms up! It’s perfect for parties and tastes so much better than the store bought kind.

Cups of homemade strawberry lemonade garnished with mint sprigs and lemon slices.

How do you make strawberry lemonade?

To make strawberry lemonade, you’ll need fresh strawberries, sugar, lemons and water. The strawberries go into a blender with some water until they’re pureed, then are combined with the remaining ingredients to make this refreshing drink.

Strawberries and sugar in a blender.

Can you use frozen strawberries for this lemonade?

I highly recommend using fresh strawberries for this recipe, but frozen strawberries will work in a pinch. If you use frozen strawberries, be sure to thaw them before they go into the blender. Frozen strawberries are often not as sweet as fresh strawberries, so you may also need to add more sugar.

A bowl of strawberry puree.

Many recipes call for the sugar to simply be added to the strawberry puree and lemon juice, but I find it works best to make a quick simple syrup. I make a simple syrup because it ensures that the sugar is thoroughly combined with the water and you won’t end up with any grainy bits of sugar in your drink.

To make your simple syrup, you’ll need to combine water and sugar, and then heat until the sugar has melted. That’s all there is to it! You can make simple syrup in the microwave or on the stove.

Glasses of strawberry lemonade in ice, garnished with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

Is pink lemonade the same as strawberry lemonade?

Typically pink lemonade is traditional lemonade that has food color added to it. It tastes like lemons and there are not any other flavors added to it.

While this lemonade is amazing as is, I like to add some garnishes to make it really special. Right before I serve my strawberry lemonade, I add fresh sliced strawberries, lemons and mint sprigs to the pitcher for added flavor. While this is an optional step, I do think it’s worth the extra time.

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4.62 from 21 votes

Strawberry Lemonade

AuthorSara Welch
A pitcher of strawberry lemonade garnished with sliced lemons and mint.
This homemade strawberry lemonade is a simple yet refreshing combination of fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. The ultimate summer time drink!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Serves 6


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 7 cups water divided use
  • 1 cup sugar or more to taste
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • sliced strawberries, lemons and mint sprigs for garnish optional


  • Combine the sugar with 2 cups of water. Microwave for 2 minutes or heat on the stove until very hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Place the strawberries in a blender with 1 cup of the water. Blend until smooth. 
  • Combine the strawberry puree, sugar water mixture, lemon juice and remaining 4 cups of water in a pitcher.
  • Stir thoroughly then chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in sliced strawberries, lemon and mint sprigs if desired.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 73mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin C: 28.2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. This recipe makes nonsense to me. I’m useing the 2x version and it says I need 14 cups of water but then in step 3 it says to use the “remaining 4 cups of water”. How is there 4 cups of water left if I’ve only used 2 cups with the sugar so far in step 1? That’s 8 missing cups of water. Can someone please tell me what’s going on and where or what I or the author messed up please. Thank you.

    1. When you choose the 2x version, it recalculates the measurements of the ingredients, but it does not re-write the text of the recipe descriptions. So step 1 is 4 cups of water, step 2 is 2 cups of water, step 3 is 8 cups of water which all totals 14 cups.

      1. Ohhh OK, I see, thank you for breaking that down for me, I was kinda confused. Lol, I just kept starting at my ingredients and the recipe for like 20 min like… “what am I missing?” 😋

        Appreciate the help! Cheers! 😁🥂

  2. 5 stars
    Lucky me to have a tree full of lemons and a garden with strawberries. I made this delicious drink!