Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
Sip on summertime with a tall glass of Homemade Strawberry Lemonade. Easy to make with a simple strawberry puree and fresh lemonade, this is the BEST refreshing beverage for all the sweaty summer days ahead.
Long summer days are looming and with them come cook outs, pool parties (for 2 or 10), ice cream and pitchers of fresh lemonade. It’s all I can think about right now because, seriously, we all could use a little happy right now.
We always have homemade lemonade in the refrigerator all summer long and what’s even better is it’s super simple to turn into so many other frosty drinks without breaking a sweat. You can go with a fun adult beverage like this Mojito or make our favorite Strawberry Lemonade recipe….the kids absolutely love this one.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s going to be one of the most craved recipes you’ll make all season.
EASY STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
My little guy is obsessed with the Starbuck’s Strawberry Lemonade and we still get it on the regular when we’re out running errands. BUT we also love making it at home because it’s so simple to whip up.
If you’ve never tried it, it’s simply strawberry puree stirred into your favorite lemonade. We like to use this homemade lemonade recipe but it works with your favorite lemonade, whatever that may be.
Why would you make Homemade Strawberry Lemonade from scratch when you can make it with powdered Country Time Pink Lemonade, Crystal lite or Minute Maid? Because this easy recipe is sooooo much better than any mix you could buy at the store. One sip and you’ll never go back to powdered drink mix again.
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE FROM SCRATCH
If you have about two minutes, a glass filled with ice and like refreshing beverages….you can make this drink.
Hull and slice the strawberries.
Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender.
Strain the puree through a mesh sieve, if you want. I skip this step because I don’t mind the strawberry bits in my drink.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of strawberry puree to the bottom of a glass.
Pour the lemonade into the glass and stir.
Add a straw and sip away!
If you don’t have homemade lemonade already made, it’s quick and easy to make with this Simple Syrup and some fresh squeezed lemon juice. And you can adjust the flavor to be either as sweet or as tart as you want.
Simple syrup is just a mixture of water and sugar boiled until the sugar dissolves. It’s shelf stable so you can make a big batch to use as a sweetener for so many other drinks, too.
IS PINK LEMONADE THE SAME AS STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Typically, Pink Lemonade is made with food coloring but it’s just lemonade that’s been dyed pink. If you can find pink lemons (they DO exist), you can make a naturally pink hued lemonade from scratch.
BUT, Strawberry lemonade is, technically, pink so you can call it whatever you want…really.
HOW TO FREEZE LEMONADE CONCENTRATE
If you want to make this in advance, stir together the lemonade and strawberry puree. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months.
Thaw at room temperature and serve chilled over ice.
- Simply serve over ice with sliced lemons and strawberries.
- Stir into iced tea for a strawberry Arnold Palmer.
- Add a splash of champagne for a sparkly twist!
HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE
- food processor or blender
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 3 cups fresh lemon juice
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup simple syrup
- Sliced strawberries lemon and mint, for garnish
- Rinse the strawberries and drain.
- Hull the strawberries and cut in half.
- Add the strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Strain through a mesh sieve to remove the seeds, if desired. (optional)
- In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, water, strawberry puree and simple syrup.
- Stir in ice and lemon slices, if desired.
- Serve garnished with lemon slices, mint and strawberries, if desired.