Strawberry Basil Lemonade


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With Summer 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



  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add alcohol if desired. Serve over crushed ice and enjoy!


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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    This looks refreshing! I can imagine myself sitting in the sun enjoying. I have strawberries and basil growing in my backyard right now, so looks like this recipes will be making an appearance at least once this summer.

  2. Kasey

    This sounds so refreshing, Gaby! It’s exactly the thing I want to be drinking on my bday this weekend 🙂

  3. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Looks so amazing! Can’t wait to make it this summmmmer!

  4. Julie @ Table for Two

    this looks so refreshing and PERFECT for memorial day weekend!! cheers, girl!

  5. naomi

    I’ll take mine with gin, please. Have fun in Tucson this weekend!

  6. The Italian Dish

    That looks just about perfect for this weekend. Love the straws!

  7. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Is a glug a finger? ’cause that’s how I measure. And it’d be a three-finger pour in my book. But, yeah, I’m all over this lemonade. It’s going to be a summer favorite, I know it.

  8. Des

    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 😉

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    This sounds so refreshing! And I hope you’re having a blast and doing it up right while you’re in Tuscon!

  10. Ashley Manila

    This is exactly what I need to be drinking right now. With the vodka, of course.

  11. laurasmess

    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)

    • Gaby

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

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  15. Erica

    Is there an alternative to the immersion blender? Will mixing it by hand be enough?

    • Gaby

      you could use a blender!! or a food processor

    • Cherie Roe

      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.

  16. Jenny Flake

    Ok, now I need to make some lemonade today!! Beautiful!!!

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    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.

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