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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Try these thirst-quenching awesome Summer drinks. We’re particularly smitten with the fizzy bubbly drinks, which are always crowd pleasers!

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)

5 from 22 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 10 people
  • 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

  • Pour lemonade into a pitcher. Set aside 4 strawberries to slice for garnish if desired. Cut the remaining strawberries in half.
  • Use a blender or food processor to blend together the halved strawberries and basil leaves until smooth.
  • Stir strawberry mixture, remaining sliced strawberries and lemon slices into the lemonade and serve over glasses filled with ice.

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. 

Nutrition Per Serving

130kcal Calories33g Carbs1g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat15mg Sodium51mg Potassium1g Fiber29g Sugar37IU Vitamin A19mg Vitamin C7mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)
Amount per Serving
Calories
130
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
15
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
51
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
29
g
32
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
37
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
19
mg
23
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry lemonade
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 130

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

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Edna
    July 15, 2023

    Thank you Natasha for all the recipes you have showned…I have made most of them and they were all a hit..thanking you again..your loyal fan

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2023

      Aww that’s just awesome, Edna! I’m so happy to hear you’re loving my recipes!

      Reply

  • Rich
    June 29, 2023

    I just found out I’m type 2, so I can’t use sugar which is in your original Lemonade recipe. Can anyone suggest the best sugar substitute make this mouth watery temptation and not end up tasting like a chemical mixture? Thanks so much.

    Reply

  • Yesenia Villasana
    July 1, 2022

    Hi Natasha fir the strawberry lemonade can we leave out the basil? I’m afraid it might be to strong the taste of the basil in the lemonade.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 1, 2022

      Hi Yesenia. Yes, you could leave it out. You can also use mint leaves in its place.

      Reply

  • Sireen
    March 15, 2022

    Hi Natasha! Hope you and your family are safe, especially in these unprecedented times. I just wanted to let you know that I tried the recipe, and luvvvvvvd it! I did not have any basil leaves, so just added a prince of salt to give it that extra flavour, and OMG! It was amazing!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2022

      Hello Sireen, that’s awesome feedback! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Clay
    February 14, 2022

    Hey, Natasha is it ok to use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Hi Clay, we prefer it fresh, but it may still work with frozen. I hope you love this lemonade!

      Reply

  • Donna Cloud
    November 15, 2021

    Everyone around here loves Strawberry Lemonade. I usually make it with mint leaves instead of basil. I will have to try a small amount with basil and see how people like it.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 16, 2021

      Sounds like a good plan, Donna. Please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • 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! 🙂 😉 ;D

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2019

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

      Reply

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