This easy Strawberry Lemonade recipe is my kid’s favorite summer drink. It’s homemade and requires just four basic ingredients! 

Out of all of the homemade drink recipes on my site, this lemonade recipe may be my personal favorite! My kids love to help me make it and squeeze the lemons. They also love helping me make Sparkling Mint Limeade and Easy Orange Julius.

A glass of strawberry lemonade with a strawberry and lemon slice on the cup rim and strawberries and lemons in the background.

Strawberry Lemonade

Many people grow up drinking powdered drinks.  You know, like powdered lemonade, crystal light, or tang? If these are the sort of drinks you are used to, this homemade strawberry lemonade is going to knock your socks off! It’s so fresh and delicious!

Overhead photo of a bowl of lemons and strawberries.

The best part of this homemade lemonade recipe is how easy it is to make.  You can even freeze the simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice so that making homemade lemonade is easy any time of year.

A liquid measuring cup with fresh squeezed lemon juice next to another photo of a saucepan with water and clear bowl with sugar to make homemade lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients:

The ingredients for homemade lemonade couldn’t be simpler! You can make lemonade with the following 4 ingredients:

  • Strawberries: Hull ½ lb of strawberries (cut the green stem off), and toss them in your food processor.
  • Lemons: Fresh lemons are essential for this recipe to get that great fresh-squeezed lemonade taste. Depending on the size of your lemons, you will need between 6-8 medium size lemons to get 1 ½ cups of lemon juice for this recipe.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar gets dissolved in water to create a simple syrup.
  • Water: How much water you add depends on how sweet you like your lemonade.

Sliced strawberries in a food processor next to another photo of the strawberries after pureed in the food processor.

How to make Strawberry Lemonade:
  • Puree the strawberries. Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds, if you want.
  • Make a simple syrup. Add sugar and 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Juice your lemons. Strain the lemon juice through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  • Combine syrup, lemon juice, and pureed strawberries. Stir to combine.
  • Chill. 

A clear glass pitcher with strawberry lemonade and lemon slices floating on top.

Can you freeze fresh lemonade?

Yes! You can freeze the lemon juice concentrate from this recipe and save it to make homemade lemonade, any time. Mix the cooled simple syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and pureed strawberries together. Pour into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 5 months.

When ready to use, allow the mixture to thaw and add it to a pitcher. Add water, to taste, until you reach your desired sweetness.



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A glass of strawberry lemonade with a strawberry and lemon slice on the cup rim and strawberries and lemons in the background.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 15 mins


  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries , stems removed
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2-5 cups water , divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice


  • Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds. 
  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups water. 
  • Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
  • When ready to serve, add 2 ½ cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it's too sweet.
  • Serve with ice.


Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 48gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 103mgSugar: 45gVitamin C: 39.3mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.2mg

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. I tweaked the recipe by adding a flavored bag (cheesecloth) with one cinnamon stick, dried orange rind, 4 cloves and two pieces of star anise to the simple syrup mixture while it was on the stove. It added a much more complex flavor.

  2. After u make the drink and put it in the fridge how long do you think you have too drink it before it goes bad?

  3. Would you be able to do the strawberries on the side and add the puree as people want it? I was thinking of making lemonade for our outside vendor shows and having different fruit flavors on the side and just straight lemonade in the pitcher

  4. I FINALLY made this! Been wanting to for two weeks! It is delicious! Except, I thought your video said to add 2.5 cups water or more depending on how sweet you really want it. I added 2.5 plus about 1.5 cups of ice! I love it! My husband didn’t like it. But he doesn’t like much of anything. 🙄🙄 More for me!! 🤣😂 Thanks for the recipe!

  5. We make this every summer! We only put in the water for the simple syrup and make a concentrate to save room in the fridge, and sometimes I mix the concentrate with vodka and it’s delicious. Mostly I just mix it with water and my kids and I enjoy it and it’s super good that way too 😉

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