Sweet, tart, and delicious, everyone loves the taste of this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe. It’s the perfect drink to sip on when the weather warms up. I make it during the strawberry season and during the hot summer months. Keep a batch in the refrigerator, and I promise it’ll disappear as everyone enjoys a glass.
If you’ve never tasted the difference between homemade lemonade and store-bought, there’s a huge difference. The powders have preservatives, the refrigerated store brands have filler or added sugar, and the frozen ones, from concentrate, don’t even taste like natural lemon to me. There’s nothing like squeezing your own lemons and making a beautiful strawberry puree to use.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade isn’t difficult to make, but it does take a few kitchen tools. These will help you reach the right consistency and get rid of the strawberry seeds. Keep a pitcher in the refrigerator, and it’s such a tasty treat.
Tips For Making Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
For this recipe, you’ll need several tools. You’ll need a blender, mesh strainer, small saucepan, and pitcher. The strainer is important so the strawberry seeds can separate from the juice. If you don’t have a pitcher to store the lemonade in, individual mason jars work too.
How To Pick The Freshest Strawberries
Pick strawberries from the grocery store or farmers market for your lemonade. It’s important that they have a full, robust, sweet flavor and aren’t lacking flavor. Grocery store strawberries tend to be more firm, but you can still get a good selection.
Strawberries should be a vibrant shade of red with perky green leaves. They don’t ripen after they’ve been picked, so opt out of strawberries that are still white or green. Look at the full container of strawberries to avoid mold. If you’re shopping at a farmer’s market, check to see when your local strawberry season is.
How To Store Leftovers
Keep your Strawberry Lemonade in an airtight pitcher. Open pitchers work as well, but won’t keep the lemonade as fresh. Store the lemonade in the refrigerator. For the best freshness, enjoy the lemonade within 4-5 days of making it. If you want to freeze the leftover lemonade, pour it into individual ice cube trays. The lemonade can be frozen for up to three months. When you’re ready to thaw the lemonade, dump the cubes into a pitcher and let it thaw in the refrigerator.
Can You Make Sugar-Free Strawberry Lemonade?
Yes! If you want to make this Strawberry Lemonade without sugar, you’ll have to create a sugar-free simple syrup to use. Typically, you can pick your favorite sugar substitute to make a sugar-free simple syrup. That doesn’t take the sugar out of the strawberries, but it drastically cuts it down.
What You Need From The Grocery Store:
- Granulated Sugar
- Lemons (For Making Fresh Lemon Juice. Do not use bottled lemon juice.)
- For Garnish: strawberries & lemons
Directions For Making Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat. Squeeze lemons for fresh lemon juice and add to a pitcher.
Add puree to lemon juice. Add in the simple syrup and additional water. Stir and chill until ready to serve. Add slices of lemon, for garnish, or strawberries.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 lb strawberries, hulled
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
- 5-6 cups cold water
- Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium high heat in sauce pan. Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat.
- Squeeze lemons for fresh lemon juice and add to pitcher. In a blender, blend strawberries until fully pureed.
- Stain in a mesh strainer to remove seeds, optional. Add puree to lemon juice.
- Add in the simple syrup and additional water. Stir and chill until ready to serve.
- Keep leftovers in the refrigerator. For best freshness, enjoy within 4-5 days of making the Strawberry Lemonade.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 53gProtein: 0g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.