This strawberry lemonade recipe is refreshing, easy to make, and a great way to use up summer strawberries. It's the perfect crowd-pleasing pitcher for summer parties, the Fourth of July, and BBQs.
I think I last made lemonade in 1996 or thereabouts. That's ok, though. I love a good strawberry lemonade even if I only drink it at home every 20 years or so.
I do sometimes order lemonade at restaurants. Anyway...
Ok, so getting photos for this recipe was a huge pain in the a**. I ended up moving my shooting setup to like 3 different places, including the great outdoors. Glad it's not winter. I just could not for the life of me figure out how to not have a ton of reflections in that stupid pitcher!!
I have a photography book somewhere that I know explains how to avoid reflections, but I
skipped that chapter forgot. And when you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off hoping the ice won't melt all over the place, consulting a photography book is not something one does, even if that probably would have been smart.
Go on... look at all the reflections in my photos. I probably shouldn't have mentioned it. 😛
Even though the photos were a pain to get, this strawberry lemonade recipe itself is fuss-free.
How to make strawberry lemonade
Making the strawberry lemonade mix is simple. Halve the strawberries and add them to a blender, along with the sugar and enough water so they blend easily. Juice your lemons into a bowl.
Strain the strawberry mixture and lemon juice using a sieve. I like to strain it into a large bowl and then add it to a pitcher.
Top up with water, stir, chill, and enjoy. Add some strawberry and lemon slices if you wish.
Here's some tweaks you can do if you want to shake this recipe up a bit:
- Replace still water with sparkling
- Add some vodka (I'd start with 8 oz. of vodka and add more if needed)
- If you want to go all out, replace all the water with sparkling wine (prosecco, sparkling moscato, or champagne)
Pro tip: I like to use superfine sugar (that's also my nickname btw) so it dissolves faster. Normal granulated sugar will work fine too, just make sure it dissolves before you start straining it.
More refreshing summer drinks to try:
Will you give this easy strawberry lemonade recipe a try? Summer in a glass!
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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
- 1 pound strawberries (the riper the better) cut into halves & tops removed
- 1 cup granulated sugar (I prefer superfine sugar because it dissolves easier)
- Juice of 4 lemons (about 3/4-1 cup of juice)
- Cold water (still or sparkling - I used a mix so there was a little fizz)
- Ice (optional)
- Strawberry and lemon slices for garnish (optional)
- Prep your strawberries. Add them to a blender, along with the sugar and enough water so it blends easily. Blend until smooth.
- Juice your lemons.
- Using a sieve, strain the strawberry juice and lemon juice. To do this, I put the sieve over a bowl and use a spoon to move it along faster. I then transfer the pulp-free strawberry/lemon juice mix to a pitcher.
- Top up the pitcher with water. I suggest tasting it as you add water so it doesn't get too watery. Chill or serve right away.
- If desired, add ice and fruit pieces just prior to serving.
- Add vodka to make this drink alcoholic, or replace the water entirely with sparkling wine.