Strawberry Lemonade (with Video)

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A fun strawberry lemonade without any refined sugar, this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect summer drink option for BBQs, parties or tailgating!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade with homemade strawberry syrup - the perfect summer drink for your parties, BBQs or just poolside with the kids. No refined sugar - just use honey or maple syrup to sweeten

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade has to be one of my favorite things about summer.

This thirst-quenching, sweet-and-tart lemonade with it’s pretty pink color and amazing flavor is not only delicious, it’s crazy easy to make and way healthier than any strawberry lemonade you can find at the store (or at the drive-thru).

Store-bought lemonade can seem like an innocent drink offering in the summer, but after checking out the nutritional information for our favorite brand of lemonade, I was shocked to find out that an 8oz glass contained 40g of sugar! In comparison, an 8oz glass of Coca-Cola only has 27g of sugar. Crazy, right? Who would have thought that offering your child a glass of lemonade would be almost twice as much sugar as offering them a can of coke?!

This homemade strawberry lemonade has 4g of sugar for the same portion size – and you can reduce it further by reducing the amount of maple syrup you add, if desired. Plus, it’s all natural sugars from the fruit and maple syrup which also comes with all of the vitamins and minerals of those ingredients.

You get about 1 cup of strawberry juice from the recipe below (you can double or triple as needed), which will make about 16 servings of strawberry lemonade. I keep the strawberry juice in a mason jar in the fridge and just grab a tablespoon every time we want to make a fresh cup – but you can pre-mix a full pitcher and keep in the fridge (if you have the room – which we never do).

To make a pitcher of this strawberry lemonade, combine the 1 cup of strawberry juice with 3 cups lemon juice and 16 cups of water. You can add up to one cup of maple syrup, to taste.

To make a sparkling strawberry lemonade, swap out the plain water called for in the recipe with club soda or a plain sparkling water.

You can also make this cherry lemonade into a strawberry lemonade cocktail by adding your favorite liquor to it: rum, vodka, amaretto, tequila – they’d all work perfectly.

You can also use this method of making a natural fruit lemonade to make blueberry lemonade, cherry lemonade, blackberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, rhubarb lemonade – or even floral-infused lemonades!

More Strawberry Recipes:

Check out our quick recipe video showing Ella making this easy strawberry lemonade (except for the part on the stove – I did that the night before) and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients

Strawberry Syrup Ingredients:

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients (per serving):

  • Lemon
  • Strawberry syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Water
  • Fresh strawberries, optional garnish

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: to save time when making individual cups of lemonade, you can pre-mix your strawberry syrup and maple syrup to form a “strawberry simple syrup” that is ready to go whenever you want.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Citrus juicer <– I love how easy our glass juicer is to clean and it’s also so pretty!
  • Sharp kitchen knife, optional
  • Cutting board, optional

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

Place strawberries and water in a medium-sized saucepan.

Set the saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer until liquid is reduced by about half, 5 minutes.

Strain out the strawberries and save the strawberry liquid. (They can be used for a smoothie, pie, or discarded.)

To make the lemonade:

Juice one lemon and place the juice in serving glass. (About 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.)

Pour in the strawberry syrup and maple syrup and stir well.

Add the lemon halves to the glass, along with a handful of ice cubes, and then top with 1 cup water.

Garnish with additional fresh strawberries, if desired, and serve immediately.

 

Pin this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe for your next summer party:

How to make the BEST Homemade Strawberry Lemonade with homemade strawberry syrup (sugar-free). Kids will love helping make this easy lemonade recipe

Grab your free printable for our sugar-free strawberry lemonade recipe:

Yield: 16 cups

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

A delicious strawberry lemonade recipe made with no refined sugar. Just real strawberries, lemons and maple syrup or honey.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Strawberry Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups water

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients (per serving):

  • 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons strawberry syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh strawberries, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Place strawberries and water in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Set the saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer until liquid is reduced by about half, 5 minutes.
  3. Strain out the strawberries and save the strawberry liquid. (They can be used for a smoothie, pie, or discarded.)

To make the lemonade:

  1. Juice one lemon and place the juice in serving glass. (About 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.)
  2. Pour in the strawberry syrup and maple syrup and stir well.
  3. Add the lemon halves to the glass, along with a handful of ice cubes, and then top with 1 cup water.
  4. Garnish with additional fresh strawberries, if desired, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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This strawberry lemonade recipe has that perfect sweet-tart combination that makes it so utterly refreshing and crave-worthy. It’s an awesome drink to have on hand for summer entertaining.

For more delicious summer recipes, check out our Jalapeno Crunch Burgers or our Greek Cucumber Salad recipe.

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