Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

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This Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe is a refreshing summer drink! It’s easy to make with only 4 nutritious ingredients including fresh strawberries and honey!

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade in a glass


Who doesn’t love a cold glass of lemonade after a day of fun in the sun?! This strawberry lemonade recipe is made with fresh strawberries, sweetened with honey (or a sweetener of your choice) and has no artificial ingredients, making it a great way to beat the heat this summer!

Store-bought strawberry lemonade varieties usually contain high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, and a laundry list of other undesirable ingredients.

However this homemade strawberry lemonade is made with only 4 all-natural ingredients! Plus it only takes 5 minutes to make.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses and a glass pitcher

Strawberry Lemonade: Ingredients & Substitutions 

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe
  • Strawberries. I recommend fresh strawberries for the best flavor and ease of blending. If you have frozen berries they will work too, and will actually help the lemonade chill faster.
  • Lemon Juice. freshly squeezed or bottled (I prefer organic) both work great.
  •  Honey. granulated sugar is a great substitute for honey. You can use pure maple syrup, but it will impart a maple flavor.
  • Water. I use filtered water from my refrigerator to make this recipe. Feel free to use tap water if you live in a place where it is safe to drink. Another fun twist would be using soda water to make a fizzy lemonade.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade in a glass bottle and a glass

How to Make Strawberry lemonade

Let’s walk through how to make strawberry lemonade together, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Use a Vitamix Blender

For silky smooth strawberry lemonade with no chunks – use a powerful blender like a Vitamix!

When blending anything like drinks or smoothies, it’s important to add the liquid ingredients first. So in this recipe begin by adding water followed by the strawberries.

Then, blend the water and strawberries together until the mixture is smooth.

two front view photos, the left shows water being poured into the container of a vitamix blender. The right shows strawberries being poured into the container of a vitamix blender to make Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Next, add the lemon juice and honey and blend for 30 seconds. The goal of this step is to make sure the honey (or sugar) is completely dissolved.

Add the last cup of water and blend for 10 seconds or until the mixture is smooth. 

You will notice that there is a significant amount of froth after the blending is complete. That’s totally normal and it settles and disappears during chilling.

two front view photos of a vitamix blending container. the left shows lemon juice being poured into the container. the right shows the container with the lid on blending Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Taste & adjust 

After all 3 cups of water and ¾ cup honey have been added, taste the strawberry lemonade. The sweetness of your strawberries will affect the amount of sweetener used.

I usually don’t add more than ¾ cup, but once I made this with a particularly sour batch of berries and I ended up adding 1 full cup of honey to get the right sweetness!

Chill 

Put the ice in a large pitcher and pour the lemonade into the pitcher with ice. Put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (preferably longer to fully chill). 

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade being poured into a glass pitcher

Serve

Serve this Strawberry Lemonade cold over ice after a long day of fun in the sun! It’s a delicious and healthier alternative to lemonade mixes that everyone will love! 

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses and a pitcher

Strawberry Lemonade FAQs

What’s the difference between pink lemonade and strawberry lemonade? 

Pink lemonade gets it’s pink color from food dye, while strawberry lemonade (at least this homemade version) gets its pinkish red color from real strawberries!

Which fruit has more sugar, strawberries or lemons? 

Lemons contain 70% sugar and strawberries contain only 40%! Lemons taste sour despite their higher sugar content because they have a high amount of citric acid!

How long does strawberry lemonade last?

This strawberry lemonade stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

two glasses of Homemade Strawberry Lemonade with ice

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Laura
This Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe is the perfect refreshing summer drink! It’s made with fresh strawberries, sweetened with honey and has no artificial ingredients, making it a great warm-weather beverage! 
5 from 3 votes
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 55
Prep Time5 minutes
Chilling time:2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 3 cups water (divided)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ¾ – 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups ice

Instructions 

  • Place 2 cups water and strawberries in the container of a Vitamix and blend until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice and honey and blend until combined and the mixture is uniform throughout.
  • Add additional cup of water and blend for 10 seconds.
  • Put 2 cups of ice into a large pitcher. Pour lemonade over the ice and put it in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  • After chilling, if there is still some foam left at the top, simply stir it into the lemonade or scrape it off with a spoon.
  • Serve over ice.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Strawberries. I recommend fresh strawberries for the best flavor and ease of blending. If you have frozen berries they will work too, and will actually help the strawberry lemonade chill faster.
  • Lemon Juice. freshly squeezed or bottled (I prefer organic) both work great.
  •  Honey. granulated sugar is a great substitute for honey. You can use pure maple syrup, but it will impart a maple flavor.
  • Water. I use filtered water from my refrigerator to make this strawberry lemonade. Feel free to use tap water if you live in a place where it is safe to drink. Another fun twist would be using soda water to make a fizzy lemonade.
Store
Store this strawberry lemonade in a glass pitcher in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.1g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 1.8mg | Potassium: 42.9mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 13.9g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s amazing because no artificial flavored strawberry syrup will ever parallel incredible taste of fresh strawberries in lemonade.