Strawberry Lemonade is a simple and refreshing summertime drink. Made from only strawberries, sugar, lemons and water, this drink has nothing artificial and it is so much better than store-bought.
This delicious mocktail also happens to be vegan, if that’s something that is important to you and personally, the fact that it only has 4 ingredients (one of them being water), is a big selling point. Listen, I like getting fancy as much as the next girl, but sometimes, I just want a pretty drink without a lot of fuss.
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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
With kids on summer break, it’s a great time to make a pitcher of this delicious strawberry lemonade. If your kiddos (or you) are a fan of the strawberry lemonade at McDonald’s or strawberry lemonade from Starbucks, this is a great alternative that is much less expensive.
Someone asked me recently “does strawberry lemonade have caffeine”? I cannot speak for all of the drinks out there, but this one does not. If you are concerned about giving it to children or people who are watching their caffeine intake, fear not! Sip away, friends.
Strawberry Lemonade Cocktails
Maybe you’re like me and you don’t have kids, but you still want a delicious beverage without the alcohol. Because you need something to drink at 2 o’clock in the afternoon when the sun is beating down and it’s not quite cocktail hour yet.
However, when it is that hour, a splash of vodka in this drink would make a tasty adult beverage. Having a girls afternoon? Make a big pitcher of this pretty pink drink. Whether you add anything to it is your business.
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
To make this drink, you’ll need strawberries, lemons and sugar. We’re going to make a strawberry simple syrup that will be stirred into the lemonade. It is quick and easy, and if you have prefer to make this by the glass instead of a pitcher, you can freeze some of the strawberry simple syrup for the next time you want to make this lemonade.
Make it an adult beverage
To keep this a virgin drink, but make it a little fancier, consider strawberry lemonade with basil. Add a few basil leaves to your strawberry simple syrup while it is simmering to make the purée. It gives this lemonade a great herbal flavor.
Another option would be freezing it to make a strawberry lemonade slush or you could also try this 3 ingredient cherry coconut rum slushie. There is nothing like a frozen drink on a hot summer day to beat the heat.
More summertime cocktails and mocktails
Drinks, whether they are leaded or unleaded, should never be overlooked. Make something that you’ll come back to again and again.
What do I need to make this?
The only special equipment needed to make this is a blender, which you likely already own. I am inclined to use my immersion blender instead, because we’re only blending up a small amount and I keep mine in a drawer in the kitchen. I use it for everything from salad dressings to blending soups, so it’s never far from reach.
If you prefer to use a food processor to blend up your strawberries, this is a good mid-size option. It’s not too big, but not too small. Perfect for everyday use.
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What are some of your favorite summer sips? Take a pic and tag me @pookspantry on Instagram. I’d love to connect and see what you’re making this summer!
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 pints strawberries, washed and hulled
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups water
- In a small sauce pot, combine sugar and water over medium heat. Stir to combine and simmer over medium heat until dissolved.
- Remove from heat, cool to room temperature.
- In a blender, combine strawberries and simple syrup. Blend until smooth.
- Combine lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup and water. Stir to combine.
- Serve over ice.
Depending on the size of your lemons, you may need anywhere from 6 - 8 lemons to get 1 cup of juice.
If you like your lemonade less sweet, you may want to reduce the sugar. If you like it sweeter, increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 11mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 39g Protein: 1g