Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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Get ready for the drink of your summer... Strawberry Basil Lemonade!

A glass of strawberry basil lemonade with a basil leaf and flower next to a pitcher of strawberry basil lemonade.

Why I Love This Recipe

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 bit of vodka or just leave it non-alcoholic and add a splash of sparkling water 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. Preferably while grilling!!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Lemons – fresh lemon juice is best, but if you must use one that's pre-juiced this is my favorite brand
  • Super Fine Sugar
  • Warm Water
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh Basil
  • Vodka – feel free to omit

How to Make Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Step 1: Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher.

Step 2: Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Let cool entirely.

Step 3: Add the strawberries and basil. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped.

Step 4: Strain out any of the basil bits if you don't want them, they'll have already infused into the drink. Add alcohol if desired. Serve over crushed ice and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

Depending on who's enjoying this with me, I'll add a bit of vodka or just leave it non-alcoholic and add a splash of sparkling water and enjoy it over some ice.

Strawberry basil lemonade sitting on a wooden outdoor table.

FAQs

What is strawberry lemonade made of?

It's a simple fresh lemonade with fresh lemon juice, sugar, water and then strawberries to make it extra pink and a hint sweeter

What does strawberry lemonade taste like?

Heaven! It's a slightly sweeter lemonade with the addition of strawberries and it's pure magic.

So before the weekend hits, grab some lemons, strawberries and a handful of fresh basil and make some cocktails or mocktails! And if you're in need of some more summer inspired cocktails... we've got you covered!

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.5 from 6 votes
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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 10 lemons, juiced, about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 8-10 strawberries, tops removed
  • cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup vodka optional

Instructions
 

  • Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher.
  • Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Let cool entirely.
  • Add the strawberries and basil.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped. Strain out any of the basil bits if you don't want them, they'll have already infused into the drink.
  • Add alcohol if desired. Serve over crushed ice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Depending on who's enjoying this with me, I'll add a bit of vodka or just leave it non-alcoholic and add a splash of sparkling water and enjoy it over some ice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 158mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
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96 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    This is really good! I used Santa Cruz Lemon Juice because I had it from your previous recommendations - so convenient. I'll have to figure out the right consistency for us - first batch was kind of thick. It's delicious so I will definitely be making it again!

  2. I'm going to make a big batch of these for a large group and I remember recently you mentioned there was a lemon juice brand that you thought was as close as real lemon juice as you found. Can you share that info? I'm going to try that with this recipe. Thank you!

  3. Hi Gaby,

    This sounds delicious! But I do have a question. Do I add the warm water along with the sugar to the lemonade? Just want to make sure I'm following the recipe correctly.

    thanks,
    Victoria

  4. This was wonderful! I made it one time with vodka and one time with gin - preferred the gin. I doubled it to one cup too. I made a day in advance and then poured through sieve to remove the bits of basil. Maybe I didn't blend it enough.

    1. It tastes delicious but ours turned very ugly brown. Thoughts? We used all fresh ingredients but blending the strawberries with basil made it a funny color.

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