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Strawberry Lemonade (Restaurant Style)

There is nothing like fresh Strawberry Lemonade. If you are craving something cold and refreshing, this is it! Adding fresh strawberries to Classic Lemonade makes it sweet and tangy.

This is my favorite restaurant drink and I especially love getting those bits of fresh strawberry in the straw. It’s actually very easy to make it at home for a fraction of the price. 

Strawberry Lemonade in mason jar with pitcher of strawberry lemonade in background

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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Strawberry Lemonade makes for a great party drink. If you have a bunch of lemons and prefer to make lemonade from scratch, you can start with fresh-squeezed lemonade. For a larger crowd, there’s no shame in pulling a can of store-bought lemonade out of the freezer. You’ll find instructions below for both methods.

  • Homemade lemonade (1 recipe makes 10 cups), or Frozen Concentrate*
  • Strawberries – blend until smooth to add fresh strawberry taste and rosy color.
  • Basil – this is optional, but a small handful of basil adds exciting flavor.
  • Lemon Slices – add 1 slice to each glass for garnish if desired.
  • Ice – add the ice as needed and add just before serving so it doesn’t dilute the lemonade.

*If using Frozen Lemonade: Use a 12 oz can of frozen Lemonade Concentrate and prepare according to the package instructions. This is typically 1 can of concentrate mixed with 4 1/3 cans of water.

Ingredients for Strawberry Lemonade with Basil

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

  1. Make lemonade – prepare homemade lemonade or from concentrate and pour lemonade into a pitcher.
  2. Strawberries – combine 3/4 of your strawberries with a small handful of basil in a good blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Combine – stir strawberry basil mixture into lemonade.
  4. To Serve – pour lemonade over glasses of ice and garnish with remaining strawberries and lemon slices.
How to make strawberry lemonade in food processor

Pro Tip: For ice-cold lemonade, keep the lemonade pitcher refrigerated until ready to serve then pour over glasses with some ice just before serving. The ice won’t melt as quickly if your lemonade is chilled to begin with.

Ice cold lemonade with lemon slices and strawberries

Tips for the Best Strawberry Lemonade

We’ve all been there, you’re desperately thirsty and want to gulp down that strawberry lemonade but there’s a strawberry lodged in the straw. If you are going to be drinking through a straw or using a drink dispenser, you will want to:

  • Blend strawberries really well so they don’t get stuck in your straw and won’t clog up the spout on a drink dispenser.
  • Strain if desired – if you want a super smooth and pulp-free lemonade, you can strain the strawberry puree before adding it to the lemonade. We love the pulp so we never strain it.
  • Add ice to the glasses (not the pitcher) so you don’t dilute your lemonade
Best strawberry lemonade in a pitcher

Can I use Frozen Strawberries?

Yes! You can still enjoy strawberry lemonade in winter by substituting it with frozen strawberries. Frozen strawberries in sugar will also work but keep in mind the syrup is very sweet so you may need to add more water to your finished lemonade.

You can also experiment with different berries to make Raspberry Lemonade, a sparkling Cherry Lemonade, or even Blackberry Limeade.

Strawberry lemonade with frozen strawberries

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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Strawberry lemonade with lemon and strawberry slices

Fresh homemade Strawberry Lemonade will satisfy the craving for something cold and refreshing. Adding strawberries and basil to classic lemonade is brilliant!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Keyword: strawberry lemonade
Cuisine: American
Course: Beverage
Calories: 130
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 10 cups lemonade, (or 12 oz can frozen lemonade*)
  • 1/2 lb strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 lemon, sliced for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil , (a small handful, lightly packed), optional
  • Ice, as needed to serve

Instructions

  1. Pour lemonade into a pitcher. Set aside 4 strawberries to slice for garnish if desired. Cut the remaining strawberries in half.

  2. Use a blender or food processor to blend together the halved strawberries and basil leaves until smooth.

  3. Stir strawberry mixture, remaining sliced strawberries and lemon slices into the lemonade and serve over glasses filled with ice.

Recipe Notes

*If using 1 (12 oz) can frozen Lemonade, prepare according to package instructions on the can: 1 can of concentrate mixed with 4 1/3 cans of water.Β 

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This strawberry lemonade recipe was first published in 2012 and here is the original photo. We updated the photos and added instructions for using fresh or frozen lemonade.

This refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade served in mason jar with straw

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  • Xiirah
    June 23, 2021

    Thanks for the recipe Natasha! I am going to make this for my graduation party. ( Just graduated from Elementary school!!!) Can you make a Copy cat recipe from the Cheesecake Factory please? The recipes I want are the oreo cheesecake, their mac and cheese balls and their spicy crispy chicken sandwich. Thanks once again. Love the recipes and keep them coming. Next I think I am going to make your baklava! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ ;D

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 24, 2021

      You’re welcome and congratulations! Thank you for your suggestions, I’ll try to add those to our list.

      Reply

  • April
    June 22, 2021

    Strawberry lemonade is my FAVORITE. I didn’t think my kids would like the basil, but I was pleasantly surprised! They loved it! Will definitely be making this regularly for the rest of the summer.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Beth McDonald
    June 22, 2021

    Our family’s new favorite summer drink! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Beth! It’s so refreshing!

      Reply

  • Andrea Thueson
    June 22, 2021

    This recipe was amazing, the perfect refreshing summer drink. I will be making this on repeat all summer long!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2021

      It’s the best! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Andrea!

      Reply

  • tashmier
    April 19, 2021

    I made this so refreshing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Tashmier!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    January 8, 2021

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Me and my family enjoyed it a LOT!! It tasted amazing and I highly recommend it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    January 8, 2021

    This recipe was absolutely AMAZING!! It tasted so good! Me and my family really enjoyed this! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Natalie.

      Reply

  • Bev
    August 18, 2020

    clean strawberry’s 1st with a vinegar water bath & rinse well after about a 10-15 minute soak. I’ve read you can also do it with salt water or baking soda water. It gets the bugs & worms out of the strawberries.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me Bev!

      Reply

  • Maria
    June 12, 2020

    Oh I love this lemonade! Instead of basil I added mint, and it was like Strawberry Mojito. Yum!!!!Love your easy recepies Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Maria!

      Reply

  • Nina C.
    April 23, 2020

    Hello Natasha,
    This is such a yummy drink.
    I was wondering if I could make a mix berry lemonade. Also, can I use other fruits such as pinapple.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2020

      Hi Nina, I bet that could work! If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe!

      Reply

  • Christina
    July 13, 2019

    Okay, WOW! BEST lemonade I’ve ever had!!! My husband and I made this and absolutely loved it! Definitely will be making it again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Christina!

      Reply

  • Brian
    July 5, 2019

    The fam and relatives were quite surprised when they learned I made a beverage yesterday; I man the grills and smoker and never make refreshments. They were even more surprised that my first attempt was a taste to behold. Thank you for this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2019

      You’re very welcome Brian! I’m happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Maya
    July 4, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    The drink looks delicious! In the recipe where you use the frozen lemonade, it lists basil for ingredients but does not mention what to do with it. Do I blend it with strawberry or just add fresh to the drink?

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    • Natasha
      July 4, 2019

      Hi Maya, you can do either. We usually blend it with the strawberries but you can add fresh leaves or tear them in half to release their flavor and aroma and garnish the top with leaves if you prefer. Both work great.

      Reply

  • Billy
    July 3, 2019

    This is seriously the best lemonade I’ve ever had. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 3, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Visiit
    July 3, 2019

    This is really a new one. I didn’t hear about this dish before anyhow i tried in my home its awesome to have. Thank you for sharing this.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 3, 2019

      You’re so welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed this Lemonade!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    July 2, 2019

    Refreshing and delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 3, 2019

      So perfect for summer! Thank you for that awesome review Melissa!

      Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    July 2, 2019

    Yes, please! I’ll be making this for our next bbq for sure!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2019

      We’re doing the same Krissy! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Erin
    July 2, 2019

    This is my son’s favorite drink to order at restaurants, love that we can make it at home!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2019

      Isn’t it the best! Thank you for that awesome review, Erin!

      Reply

  • Jen
    July 2, 2019

    I can see us sipping on this all summer long! Such a great flavor combination.

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    • Natasha
      July 2, 2019

      Thank you Jen! It really is easy to get hooked on strawberry lemonade. I hope it becomes a new favorite for you!

      Reply

  • Harriet
    October 1, 2018

    I just love your photos. Combining strawberries with basil is not a combination that I have tried before. I’m definitely going to try your recipe to see how it tastes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 1, 2018

      You’re so nice! Thanks Harriet! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    March 11, 2017

    Can I made it a day before serving it? And just keep in fridge?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 11, 2017

      Hi Natalie, yes that would work fine but I would add the basil fresh before serving so it doesn’t overpower the flavor as it sits in the fridge.

      Reply

  • Nina
    April 13, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I would love to make this lemonade for my son’s birthday, I have a 1.5 Gallon Beverage Dispenser, do I need to double this recipe to fill it up? Thank you!!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2016

      Hi Nina, yes you would want to double it. You may even have room to triple it unless you want to keep the space for fruit and ice cubes; in that case, I would double the recipe πŸ™‚

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      • Nina
        April 14, 2016

        Thank you I will double it !!:)

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  • Saprina@ SaprinaSays
    July 22, 2015

    This looks s so yummy…pinning for later!

    ~Saprina
    www.SaprinaSays.com

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  • Julie
    July 10, 2013

    Looks so yummy! I’ll be making this for my sons bday party.
    Where did u get that big jar with the lid that clips? Want one so bad!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 10, 2013

      It was from Marshall’s. I’m not sure where they regularly sell these items though.

      Reply

  • Alina
    May 24, 2012

    Oooh I’m on my way to Winco right now to buy what I need for this lovely drink!

    As fur as basil goes, where can I get it and what department?

    Thanks mucho!!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 24, 2012

      I bought the growing basil for $3 that you keep in a cup with water on the counter. Lasts forever if you water it and keeps growing new leaves as you pinch off the old ones. It’s usually next to the lettuce. If you want just a package of basil, it’s near the mushrooms but it’s the same price and will wilt much faster. This lemonade is also good without basil if for whatever reason they don’t have it. Enjoy!

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      • Alina
        May 24, 2012

        Thank you for your super helpful, super speedy reply!

        πŸ™‚

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        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 24, 2012

          You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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  • Yana
    May 24, 2012

    I love strawberry lemonade and I love basil. It’s only natural to combine the two. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 24, 2012

    I would love one now! Looks so refreshing!

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  • Inessa-GrabandgoRecipes
    May 24, 2012

    Hi Natasha, this is so refreshing, perfect for summer days. Never tried with basil but definatly will. πŸ™‚

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 24, 2012

      Inessa; it works well without it, but the basil does add a little freshness to it.

      Reply

  • Sarah Z.
    May 24, 2012

    Hi Natasha,
    Yes, I was looking for meringue cookies and I would love to learn how to make bize as well. We love buying it in the russian store.

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 24, 2012

      I’ve tried making them a couple times. My favorites are the ones from Trader Joe’s; big, thick and crunchy! I keep trying to make mine taste and look like that and haven’t been able to do it yet. I guess my standards are too high for this cookie πŸ™‚ Double bummer: we don’t have a Trader Joes nearby. But, if I figure it out, I’ll definitely post it πŸ™‚ As for zefir; have you checked out mom’s purse facebook page? I made those once with good results. It’ just makes a huge batch.

      Reply

  • Olviya Ivanov@olivehealth.tumblr.com
    May 23, 2012

    This looks SO refreshing! Can’t wait to try it…I bet the basil adds a wonderful fresh kick!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      Yes it does add a little somethin’ somethin’!! πŸ™‚

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  • Sarah Z.
    May 23, 2012

    Hi Natasha,

    This looks great. I am definitely going to make it for my son’s 2nd birthday party next weekend.
    Also, do you have a recipe for zefir and bize?
    Thanks

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      I’d blend the strawberries for kids so its more drinkable. I don’t have any zefir posted yet. What do you mean by bize? I have a couple cakes made with bize (crunchy meringue). Or are you looking for meringue cookies?

      Reply

  • InnaL
    May 23, 2012

    Perfect summer drink!!! Yumm

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      I hope you love it. I’m drinking a giant glass of it right now πŸ™‚

      Reply

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