This dreamy, thirst quenching homemade strawberry lemonade recipe will be your new favorite drink!
THE BEST HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
100% Homemade strawberry lemonade is soo much better than any store bought you can buy. It has a fresh, sweet tang (with no funny aftertaste) and is made from wholesome ingredients without other preservatives store bought can contain. Making your own strawberry lemonade is easy, fast and so much fun. Plus it comes off pretty fancy.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
you will need:
- lemon juice
- lemon zest
- sparkling water or water
CAN I USE FROZEN STRAWBERRIES
If good strawberries are hard to find you can use frozen strawberries. I recommend using whole strawberries and letting them defrost some. Then add the juice that melted + strawberries to pan.
CAN I USE BOTTLED LEMON JUICE?
yes! HOWEVER, fresh lemons really do taste different and will change the flavor of your lemonade. So grab a bag of meyer lemons, or your favorite, at the store and put your kids to work squeezing them. Plus you need the zest.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
- Wash and slice your strawberries in half.
- Then in a medium sauce pan add sugar, lemon juice, water and strawberries.
ADD THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS AND BRING TO A BOIL
Add your lemon zest and bring to a boil.
WHY DO I ADD LEMON ZEST?
Lemon zest adds extra lemon flavor without adding more sour tartness.
HOW LONG DO I SIMMER THE STRAWBERRIES
Bring your strawberry syrup to a boil and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes. You want your strawberries to be super mushy and almost dissolving.
STRAIN YOUR STRUP
You dont want to have the strawberry clumps and seeds in your lemonade, so go ahead and strain them through a fine mesh strainer.Take your strawberry lemonade syrup and let it cool and chill.
COMBINE WITH CHILLED WATER OR SPARKLING WATER
Take your syrup and combine it with chilled sparkling water or chilled water. You can do this in a pitcher or in glasses separately.
MAKE SPARKLING STRAWBERRY LEMONADE FOR A HOLIDAY!
This pretty pink drink can be dressed up to fit several holidays! Make it for any red holiday like Valentines, Christmas, 4th of July. Its also perfect to be served at any get togethers! BBQ's, tailgate parties, girls nights you name it. It is a crowd pleaser.
CAN I MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE AHEAD?
YES! If you are making the strawberry lemonade with sparkling water then don't combine the syrup until just before serving. If you are making the strawberry lemonade with
HOW DO I STORE THIS STRAWBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE LEFT OVER DRINK?
Store it in the fridge. It will be good for a few days to a week!
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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
- 1 lemon zest
- cold water or sparkling water chilled
- sliced lemons and strawberries for garnish
- Cut stems, and wash strawberries. Slice in half
- In a small sauce pan add sugar, 2 cups water, strawberries, lemon juice and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, stirring often and then simmer until strawberries are about disintegrated. Remove from heat and let cool.
- If desired strain strawberry syrup so their are no seeds or chunks.
- Add to a 2 liter pitcher, fill remaining pitcher with water. Stir and place in refridgerator.
- Serve over ice, garnish with lemons and strawberries.