Strawberry Basil Lemonade


Total Time:

5 minutes



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

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 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!!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade from (@whatsgabycookin)

So before Friday hits, grab some lemons, strawberries and a handful of fresh basil and making some cocktails or mocktails! And if you’re in need of some more summer inspired cocktails… we’ve got you covered!

Summer Cocktails:

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 10 lemons, juiced, about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 8-10 strawberries, tops removed
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup 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. 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!

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    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?

  5. Travel Food Phil

    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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    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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    This sounds so refreshing. I especially love the colors together.

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    Definitely a good idea. This lemonade is quite refreshing!

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    What a great way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day!