The Best Strawberry Lemonade – Ever

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What do you make when you get handed lemons and strawberries?  Why you make The Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever. As we are in the heat of the summer days, there’s no better drink to cool off and relax with. 

This simple lemonade recipe is made with refreshing ingredients and tastes so great. Perfect for a light summer drink but good at any time of the year. 

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The Best Strawberry Lemonade

Everyone has their own flavor they love – more sweet, extra tart, no pulp.  I like mine not too tart and not too sweet.  Pulp doesn’t bother me, and with this recipe, you have the pureed strawberries so pulp really isn’t an issue.
how to make strawberry lemonade


Tips for making lemonade

To get more juice from a lemon, roll it against the counter.  It opens the sections to release more juice.  I’ve heard you can put in the microwave for about 20 seconds and let it cool, but I’ve never tried it that way.

  • NEVER use bottled juice. 
  • Fresh is always better and you will notice a big difference in taste.
  • If you have a juicer or an attachment for your food processor, it goes so quickly.  I love my Kitchenaid Food Processor – this attachment came with it.  So, so handy.

Are you ready to create the best homemade lemonade ever? You’re going to love this tasty drink! 

The Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever

The Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever

A delicious beverage for not just a cookout or picnic, but enjoy a glass while sitting on your porch.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pint ripe strawberries - will need about 1 1/2 cup puree
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice - approximately 8 small lemons
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons almond extract, optional
  • 4 - 6 cups water, use cold water if serving immediately

For garnish

  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Mint


  1. Make a simple syrup of water and sugar by cooking this over medium heat for about 4 - 5 minutes, just until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Add almond extract.
  2. Clean and hull strawberries.
  3. Puree these in a blender if not in food processor with 1/2 cup water.
  4. Mix together syrup mixture, strawberry puree, and lemon juice.
  5. Great time to taste again to check for sweetness or tartness.
  6. Add water.
  7. Start with 4 cups and adjust to taste.
  8. I like 5 cups.
  9. This will make approximately 1 gallon when using 4 cups of water.
  10. Refrigerate and serve cold, or over ice.
  11. Garnish as desired.


Do not use bottled lemon juice to have the best flavor


Step by Step photos on how to make lemonade 

I love lemonade so much that I just have to show you my process in how I make it! You can visually see the steps and get a few more simple tips as well. 

using blender to make lemonade

Puree your strawberries in the same bowl of your food processor, saves a dish from having to wash.
blending up the strawberries
After you have all ingredients mixed and before adding water, this is a great time to taste to see if you want to adjust the tartness or sweetness.
adding together ingredients for lemonade
You can add a little more lemon juice to taste.
simple lemonade recipe

How can you make lemonade taste sweeter? 

If you want to make it sweeter, don’t add sugar.  Microwave a tablespoon or two of sugar with a little water just until sugar dissolves, maybe 30 – 45 seconds.  Cool quickly by adding an ice cube.
Some strawberries will have bigger seeds on them and won’t puree.  After you have completed making this, let it stand for about 5 minutes then pour it into another pitcher.  The seeds will settle to the bottom so you can discard them.

Can you use frozen and/or fresh strawberries for this lemonade?

You can honestly use either. You just need to be certain that you have strawberries on hand and anything will work. 

How do you store lemonade for later?

All you really have to worry about with lemonade is storing it in the fridge and keeping it cool. You can even store it in the freezer for later and create a type of lemonade slushie as well. 
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  1. Man I needed this yesterday. I had a strange craving for lemonaide. And I have both strawberries and lemons in my fridge as we speak!

    1. I know there is an artificial almond extract which isn’t quite as good, but it does give the same basic taste. I’m not sure if there would be any “nut” products in the artificial version. Also, you could get clear vanilla extract which would add a bit of flavor without any cloudiness from the regular vanilla. I use Wilton brand which could be picked up at most craft stores. Hope this helps. Of course, you wouldn’t have to add any flavoring, but I just really like almond extract. Good luck.

  2. Omg, I love mixing strawberries and lemons in water. I will have to pin this for later. My grandmother had us rolling the lemons on the counter too when I was growing up.

  3. Strawberry lemonade how Devine we love lemonade in my house. But this sound and look different the recipe seems doable and I can image how fresh & sweet with a little bit of tart from the lemon this summer drink will taste. Love your graphic.

  4. This looks a million times better than the bottled stuff trying to pass itself off as strawberry lemonade! I’m having visions of freezing it into icecubes and floating it on top of a glass of champagne– what do you think?

    1. Oh yes – I just saw a recipe for strawberry Mimosas and thought I would work it into this. If people would quit drinking all of that flavored sugar water, they would realize what fresh really tastes like.

  5. This looks so yummy. I remember being disappointed growing up when I realized the pink lemonade we were drinking was just regular lemonade with food coloring. Now I can finally spruce up and reclaim it with this strawberry recipe.

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