Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade by What's Gaby Cooking

With Memorial Day right around the corner, I figured we should make Strawberry Basil Lemonade? It’s a good idea, right?!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade by What's Gaby Cooking

This Strawberry Basil Lemonade is coming to ya from the archives but I’ve given it a bit of a face lift. 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 “virgin” and enjoy it over some ice. Either way, it’s the best drink out there and you should probably be drinking this come Monday by the pool working on your tan.

At least that’s what I’ll be doing poolside, in Tucson, with my besties. That’s right, I’m heading down to my old stomping grounds this week for an Absolutely Avocados book party and to see basically everyone that still lives there. It’s going to be a whirlwind trip but I’m scheduling plenty of time for poolside relaxing with my girlfriends. I’ve decided that it’s necessary to schedule play time while you’re out on book tour. You need some form of downtown to relax and recuperate.  Besides playtime, other scheduled activities include: naps, quite time and manicures (because you can’t be on TV shows or news segments with shotty nails).

And while this doesn’t directly figure into book tour, I’ve also managed to schedule just about every single meal while I’m in Tucson so I can hit up my favorite places to stuff my face while I’m there. It’s basically going to be a carb filled weekend and I can’t even wait. Juice cleanses will absolutely be necessary come post-Memorial day celebrations.

So in the meantime, grab some lemons, strawberries and a handful of fresh basil and let’s make some cocktails or mocktails!

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!


124 thoughts on “Strawberry Basil Lemonade

  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 :) 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 :)

  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)

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  6. 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!

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  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!

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  11. 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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  14. 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.

  15. 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.
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  23. 10 lemons/1 cup?

    Wow, I usually only need 2/3 lemons to yield a cup of juice. Maybe the lemons I get are just really big?

  24. Love how easy and quick this recipe is. In the restaurant I work in we make lemonade and Ginger beer, but ferment it for a couple of days with yeast to get it sparkling, but your’s is awesome for just making because you feel like some right then and there!

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  30. I just found this recipe which looks amazing! My coworker just gave me lots of lemons from her backyard, I have strawberries from our CSA box and lots of basil from Trader Joe’s. I can’t wait to make this tonight!

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  40. Made this Saturday morning and took a pitcher to the inlet w/ my sister for some kayaking and relaxation! We both fell in love and she ended up making it the next day! Thanks for a very refreshing summertime drink… and for allowing me to use up some of my ever growing basil!

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  44. i can’t believe I stumbled across this recipe. Thank you so much. I just had some of these at Houlihan’s happy hour for the first time two weeks ago and I fell in love. Now I want to have a party and use your recipe so everyone can enjoy!

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  47. Is this okay to make a day in advance? Also will you get the same color using a regular blender?


    • you can absolutely make it a day in advance and a regular blender will be fine! The basil might turn a dark color if you make it the day before – so you could also add the basil right before you serve!

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  57. Yes! I need this in my life. I am a huge fan of strawberry lemonade and have been for years, why I never thought to put basil in it is beyond me. I need to try this ASAP. And I’m sure Kellan will love it too. I’ll just leave the gin out ;-)

  58. This looks so delicious! I love gin, it’s my favourite spirit. I can just imagine how well all the flavours would blend together in this! By the way, where did you get those gorgeous straws? They are so cute! I’ve got striped and polka dot ones but I’d love to buy the floral for summertime (which, by the way, is about six months away for us in Australia now! Sob! Winter in two days)

    • The straws my mom got for me on etsy! she doesn’t remember where – but she just searched “cute straws!”

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