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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)

There is nothing like fresh Strawberry Lemonade. If you are craving something cold and refreshing, this is it! Adding strawberries and basil to Classic Lemonade takes it over the top.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade makes for a great party drink. If you have a bunch of lemons or are a lemonade purist, start with homemade lemonade. For a larger crowd, there’s no shame in pulling a can of store-bought lemonade out of the freezer. I’ve included instructions for both.

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

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Strawberry Lemonade:

My favorite drink to order in restaurants is strawberry lemonade, but homemade is even better; free refills and you know exactly what goes into it! Making your own lemonade is easier than you think. If you already have lemonade on hand, making this restaurant quality drink is a breeze!

  • 1 recipe for homemade lemonade* (10 cups)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Small handful of basil, optional
  • Lemon Slices for garnish
  • Ice as needed

*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.

Ingredients for Strawberry Lemonade with Basil

How to Make Strawberry Basil Lemonade:

  1. Pour lemonade into a pitcher. Hull and halve strawberries.
  2. Place 12oz strawberries and basil into a good blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Stir strawberry basil mixture into lemonade. Garnish with remaining strawberries and lemon slices.

How to make strawberry basil lemonade in food processor

For ice cold lemonade, serve over glasses filed with ice and garnish with lemon slices.

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 that tends to clog up, you will want to:

  • Blend your strawberries really well
  • 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?

You can still enjoy strawberry lemonade in winter by substituting 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 like blackberries, raspberries or even make Cherry Lemonade!

Strawberry lemonade with frozen strawberries

More Refreshing Drink Recipes:

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

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe served in jar

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
Calories: 137 kcal
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Pour lemonade into a pitcher. Wash 1 lb of strawberries. Remove stems and cut 12 oz strawberries in half. Slice remaining 4 oz strawberries for garnish.

  2. Blend strawberries in a blender or food processor 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. 

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (Restaurant Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 32.5mg39%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade served in mason jar with straw

This strawberry basil 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.

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  • 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

  • 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? Reply

    • 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! Reply

    • 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. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 3, 2019

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

  • Melissa
    July 2, 2019

    Refreshing and delicious! Reply

    • 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! Reply

    • 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! Reply

    • 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. Reply

    • 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. Reply

    • 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? Reply

    • 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!!

     

      Reply

    • 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 🙂 Reply

      • Nina
        April 14, 2016

        Thank you I will double it !!:) Reply

  • Saprina@ SaprinaSays
    July 22, 2015

    This looks s so yummy…pinning for later!

    ~Saprina
    http://www.SaprinaSays.com Reply

  • 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! Reply

    • 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!! Reply

    • 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! Reply

      • Alina
        May 24, 2012

        Thank you for your super helpful, super speedy reply!

        🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 24, 2012

          You’re welcome 🙂 Reply

  • May 24, 2012

    I love strawberry lemonade and I love basil. It’s only natural to combine the two. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • May 24, 2012

    I would love one now! Looks so refreshing! Reply

  • Hi Natasha, this is so refreshing, perfect for summer days. Never tried with basil but definatly will. 🙂 Reply

    • 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. Reply

    • 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 🙂 Double bummer: we don’t have a Trader Joes nearby. But, if I figure it out, I’ll definitely post it 🙂 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

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

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      Yes it does add a little somethin’ somethin’!! 🙂 Reply

  • 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 Reply

    • 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 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      I hope you love it. I’m drinking a giant glass of it right now 🙂 Reply

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