This delicious Strawberry Lemonade is made with just 5 ingredients and is ready in minutes! It makes a refreshing drink perfect for serving all summer long!

Tasty, ice-cold beverages like this Strawberry Lemonade, Southern Sweet Tea, and other cold drinks are so perfect for serving and sipping for Spring and Summer entertaining and gatherings. And they’re great to keep on hand for cooling refreshment on warm days!

Glasses and a pitcher of strawberry lemonade with ice cubes and fresh strawberry and lemon slices.  //

Spring and summer always have me craving this Strawberry Lemonade! So refreshing, delicious, and the perfect little blend of sweet and tart, this lemonade is perfect for serving at parties or on a relaxing day at home. The beauty of the fresh red strawberries makes it extra special. It’s made with just 5 simple ingredients, including water; this is one drink that you’ll turn to time and again!

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Fresh strawberries and fresh lemon slices //

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

This scrumptious and fresh lemonade is easy to make with just 5 ingredients.

To make Strawberry Lemonade, you’ll need these ingredients:


  • sugar – Use granulated sugar, but you can also use honey or other sweeteners if you choose
  • hot water
  • strawberry puree  – will use about 1 pint of fresh strawberries, hulled
  • fresh lemon juice
  • cold water

Garnishes – These are optional but add a delicious and attractive touch, especially if serving to guests or at having at a party.

  • lemon slices
  • strawberry slices
  • mint

Step-by-Step Instructions

Stir the sugar into the hot water. Add the sugar to a pitcher and then pour in the hot water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, and then allow it to cool.

Puree the strawberries. Next, add your hulled strawberries to your blender and blend to puree.

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Mix in strawberries and lemon juice. Add the strawberry puree and lemon juice to the pitcher and stir to combine. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator to serve later.

Garnish and serve. When ready to serve, add fresh lemon and strawberry slices, along with ice cubes.

Glass pitcher and glasses of strawberry lemonade garnished with fresh strawberries and lemon slices //

Storage Instructions

Before any fresh fruit is added to the mixed strawberry lemonade, it will last in the refrigerator for 3 days. Add the fresh fruit and ice cubes just prior to serving for the best freshness.

Can I Use an Alternative Sweetener or Make it Without Sugar?

Absolutely! If you are watching your sugar intake, you can easily reduce the amount of sugar in both the lemonade and strawberry syrup to your preference as well.

You can replace the sugar with your favorite sugar substitute or honey if you prefer. The honey will add even another layer of flavor!

If you can find lavender honey, it absolutely is scrumptious in this lemonade.

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Perfect Sip for Parties

Since the weather here in the South usually gets fairly warm in the spring and summer, this refreshing and easy lemonade is delicious to make to cool down.

It’s also beautiful to serve when entertaining or for showers and luncheons. It is so light and refreshing and everyone loves it! Especially those who love strawberries!

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More Refreshing Beverages

I love having special, satisfying cold drinks on hand for my family and friends. Here are a few more that I make often and think you’ll enjoy too!

  • Peach Tea – Southern sipping at its finest!
  • Perfect Cold Brew Coffee – Perfect on a hot day for the coffee lover!
  • Frappuccino – Cool coffee drink, even better than the coffee house version!
  • Fresh Lemonade – Fresh lemons make this a classic summer refresher and base to this recipe too!
  • Shower Punch – Great to celebrate and so beautiful in a punch bowl!

Here’s my strawberry lemonade recipe. I hope you find it as refreshing as my family and friends do!

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This delicious Strawberry Lemonade is made with just 5 ingredients and ready in minutes! It makes a refreshing drink perfect for sipping on a warm day as well as for entertaining, showers and tailgating.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberry puree, (about 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled)
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 5 cups cold water

Optional garnish

  • lemon slices
  • strawberry slices
  • mint


  • Add sugar to a gallon pitcher and pour hot water over sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree. Add the strawberry puree, fresh lemon juice, and cold water to the pitcher. Stir until well-combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, add ice, fresh lemon slices, fresh strawberry slices, and/ or mint, if desired. Keep refrigerated.


Storage Instructions
Strawberry lemonade will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days without the fresh fruit or mint added to the liquid. 
If your children or guests do not enjoy the pulp of strawberries, strain the strawberry puree through a fine mesh strainer before adding to the pitcher. 


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo


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Recipe Review


  1. This sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try. Have you tried this with any sugar substitutes and if so, which ones did you like best? Also you mentioned that if you can find lavender honey, it absolutely is scrumptious in this lemonade. How much honey did you use? Thank you so much for this tasty sounding recipe. Love, Love, Love strawberries and lemonade together.

  2. Ever since you posted this, my 14 year old daughter has been begging for me to make it. I have it all ready, she will be home in an hour!!!! Very excited!

    1. 5 stars
      All four of my kids loved it (some added 7up to spritz it up….they just like soda ha!), and my 14 year old thought it was pretty cool that you said HI! Funny 🙂

    2. Oh the 7Up sounds like something my son would do and love, too! Aww, she’s a sweetie! 🙂

  3. Mostly I drink water but my favorite thing to order when we go out is Strawberry Lemonade. This looks like it would be the best ever!