/Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade is sweet, tart, and perfectly refreshing. Just add vodka for a delicious summertime cocktail!

Glass of homemade strawberry lemonade garnished with a strawberryGlass of homemade strawberry lemonade garnished with a strawberry

One of my very favorite things about summer is strawberry season.

Our local market sells the sweetest, juiciest, locally grown berries, but this year, my step-mom wanted to take Elle strawberry picking for the first time.

So we loaded up the babe and our rain boots and headed to a small farm about a half hour away from home.

It had been raining for weeks at that point, so we weren’t really sure what to expect, but the sweetest farmer escorted us to a spot that was free of mud puddles – which highly disappointed Elle, but was full of ripe strawberries just waiting to be picked.

Close-up view of strawberry lemonade garnished with a whole strawberryClose-up view of strawberry lemonade garnished with a whole strawberry

We filled our buckets to the brim and then stopped by a couple of local farm stands for more summer staples like fresh corn, asparagus, peaches and watermelon.

When we got home, I realized we may have went a little overboard with the strawberry picking, so I immediately cleaned them and came up with a game plan.

Some were sliced and sprinkled with a bit of sugar for snacking and strawberry shortcake. Some were chopped for fresh strawberry bread and easy strawberry cupcakes.

We also reserved a bunch of the berries for homemade strawberry lemonade because Eric and Elle recently fell in love with the Freckled Lemonade at Red Robin. This is a homemade version that tastes so much better if I do say so myself!

But if you’re short on time, you could always just add the strawberry puree to your fave store-bought lemonade for a little semi-homemade shortcut. Been there, done that.

Pitcher of strawberry lemonade being mixed next to lemons and strawberriesPitcher of strawberry lemonade being mixed next to lemons and strawberries

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE WITH A BOOZY KICK

If you know me at all, you know that I don’t drink much and that I’m pretty much the definition of, for lack of a better word – a lightweight.

But I’m also addicted to those cute miniature bottles of liqueur that are readily available at my favorite market.

It’s sort of a collection habit that I have. I’m always finding ways to mix them into ganache and homemade buttercream frosting.

Fresh, whole strawberriesFresh, whole strawberries

I may not drink much, but as soon as it gets hot outside, I start looking for ways to chill out and create some refreshing adult beverages for my friends.

Everything from frozen cherry mojitos to citrus rosemary vodka spritzers and mason jar margaritas are fair game for summer entertaining around here.

Glasses of strawberry lemonade on a sheet trayGlasses of strawberry lemonade on a sheet tray

Adding a little vodka to this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade is one of my favorite summer moves. Not only because vodka pairs so perfectly with the tart and sweet flavor of the lemonade, but because it’s also equally delicious without the alcohol!

It would be easy to divide the Strawberry Lemonade in half and only spike part of it, or make a double batch so you can have one of each at your summer cookout.

Strawberry puree and lemon juice in measuring cupsStrawberry puree and lemon juice in measuring cups

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

Making homemade lemonade is really way easier than you think. Making it with fruit is equally easy!

The key thing to making lemonade is making a simple syrup for the sweetness. Sugar won’t dissolve in cold water, so using a simple syrup allows us to add sweetness without the lemonade being grainy.

Overhead of pitcher of strawberry lemonade with whole berries and sliced lemons in itOverhead of pitcher of strawberry lemonade with whole berries and sliced lemons in it

To make Strawberry Lemonade, all you need to do is puree fresh strawberries with some water and add that mixture to the syrup and lemon juice.

Then simply add as much water as you like. I like to add anywhere from 4-6 cups of water, depending on how sweet the berries are and how tart the lemons are that particular day.

Overhead view of glasses of strawberry lemonade on a sheet trayOverhead view of glasses of strawberry lemonade on a sheet tray

You can totally get creative and experiment with different fruit, too! I’ve made this recipe as raspberry lemonade and imagine that it would be pretty awesome with blueberries as well! So have fun and stay cool!

Glasses of strawberry lemonade next to a pitcher of strawberry lemonadeGlasses of strawberry lemonade next to a pitcher of strawberry lemonade

If you’re looking for more delicious strawberry recipes, be sure to check out this easy puff pastry strawberry tart, this strawberry cream cheese tart, and these strawberry oatmeal bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (this equaled close to 8 of my lemons)
  • 4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste)
  • 1 cup vodka, optional

Instructions

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
  2. Once the simple syrup has cooled, puree strawberries in a blender with ½ cup water.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine strawberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice. If using the vodka, add it to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  4. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.
  5. Serve over ice. If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.
Nutrition Information

Yield 8

Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 182 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 31mg Carbohydrates 31g Fiber 1g Sugar 28g Protein 0g

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