Strawberry Basil Lemonade

With Summerย right around the corner, I figured we should make Strawberry Basil Lemonade? It’s happening – you guys will love it!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade from (@whatsgabycookin)

Strawberry Basil Lemonade was basically the first drink recipe I ever post on WGC and it’s been my most requested drink ever since. It’s a refreshing blend of homemade lemonade that gets fresh strawberries and basil pureed into the mixture. Depending on who’s enjoying this with me, I’ll add a glug or two of gin or just leave it non-alcoholic and enjoy it over some ice. Either way, it’s the best drink out there and you should probably be drinking this over the weekend.

So your weekend plans should now include grabing some lemons, strawberries and a handful of fresh basil and making some cocktails or mocktails!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Yield: Serves 4-6

Strawberry Basil Lemonade


  • 10 lemons, juiced, about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 8-10 strawberries, tops removed
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup gin or vodka (optional)


  1. Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add the strawberries and basil.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped.
  5. Add alcohol if desired. Serve over crushed ice and enjoy!


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  1. This looks AMAZING! An I am so envious of the warm weather!!! My basil is growing as we speak and I can’t wait for the fresh local strawberries at my farmers market. Mmmmm!

  2. Cindy – hahaha I hear ya on the Vodka – actually the first time I made this I made it with no alcohol and it was insanely delicious – so I guess I could go either way on this drink! Depends on the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll make it for you next time we are all together!

    Maria – you have to try it! Its seriously the most amazing lemonade I have ever had – and I am a super picky lemonade drinker ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gaby – This looks like an incredible, thirst quenching drink of desire! You can bet your freshly squeezed oranges I will be telling lex about this! Keep up the great work Gaby!

  4. I love, love, love savory lemonade combos. I usually buy mine at the restaurant Lemonade, but I would totally make this (and maybe add a little Proseco or vodka too)

  5. Yum!! This looks like the perfect drink to celebrate this wondeful weather. I’m right outside of LA and have so enjoyed the outisde this week. Flip-flop weather is upon us! Love the cute little strawberries on the glasses too; what a cute touch!


  7. That looks so refreshing! I’ll keep it in mind when the weather finally gets in the 80s here, although it’s at least a few months away.

  8. Mouthwatering. Absolutely mouthwatering. I liked your strawberry basil lemonade recipe so much I have passed it along to almost everyone I know. I love the way you used fresh lemons. Where we live we don’t have ready access to fresh lemons so I order them online at which delivers fresh lemons picked right off the tree and shipped direct. A question I have regarding your recipe is what kind of lemons do you use? Eureka lemons? Or Lisbon lemons? Also, do you have any recipes for Sweet Meyer Lemons?

  9. I LOVE basil, so I am automatically attracted to any treat featuring basil… I had this idea that this might make some AWESOME sorbet. Anyways, I have plans to make this next time I get to the supermarket. Thanks!

  10. I was on a retreat when I had my first sip of regular lemonade with basil. I was so thirsty, I disregarded how weird it was to see basil in lemonade. I thought it was just a rich person type lemonade. I WAS WRONG. It has been the BEST lemonade I’ve ever drank in my life. I can ONLY imagine how delicious this strawberry one is! I’m going to try this recipe!

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  12. Made this after buying local basil and strawberries at the farmers market today. Taking it to share at a party tonight… if I don’t drink it all myself first. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. It does look refreshing! Perfect for these global warming heat waves we’re experiencing. I am going to go right out, fix a batch of this and invite my neighbors over to sit on the porch with me.
    McKinleyville, CA

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