This easy Strawberry Lemonade incorporates the tanginess of lemon with a dash of the sweetness of fresh strawberries, basil, and heaps of crushed ice. Waiting for what? Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Strawberry Basil Lemonade is a delicious summer drink that has the tanginess of lemon juice, the sweetness of fresh strawberries, a refreshing twist of basil, and heaps of crushed ice.
With summers, comes fresh strawberries in the market. So make the best use of these fresh and red strawberries and make this refreshing lemonade that will give you instant relief from the scorching heat.
This 4 ingredient drink is very easy to make and gets ready in less than 20 minutes. You can also make this drink into a cocktail by just adding some white rum or vodka. Interesting, right?
Many people like to add chopped fresh strawberries in their lemonade but I like to puree it along with basil and sugar, to get that perfect sweet, tart, and refreshing flavor.
During the mango and raspberry season, you can also try making Mango Lemonade or Raspberry Lemonade following the same process. All you have to do is substitute strawberry with other fruits.
This Strawberry Lemonade recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. You can make it in a pitcher and serve to a crowd.
This is my favorite drink to make for summer parties, as it is really easy to make it for a large crowd and everyone loves it. So, if you also want to try something new and refreshing to sip on during summer do give this Strawberry Lemonade a try.
If you are looking for more Strawberry Recipes, here are some of my other favourites – Strawberry Tea, Creamy Strawberry Milkshake, Fresh Strawberry Butter, Strawberry Sauce, Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie and Strawberry Margarita.
This homemade Strawberry Lemonade is,
- Made with fresh strawberries
- Instant relief from the heat
- Perfect for Summers
Strawberry – The hero ingredient of this summer drink is Strawberry, so make sure you get some nice and fresh ones.
Lemon – Another ingredient that adds more flavor to this drink is Lemon. The juice from the lemon gives it a nice tangy taste which adds to the flavor of this lemonade. If lemons are not available, you can use lime juice. Just keep in mind that limes are tangier than lemons, so adjust the amount of juice accordingly.
Make sure to get the most juice out of lemons, be sure they are at room temperature when you squeeze them. Roll them over the counter by pressing them with your palms before cutting.
Basil – To add a little twist to this drink, I have also added fresh basil. Believe me, this ingredient will change the overall taste. If you cannot find basil, then you can use fresh mint leaves instead.
Sugar – You can skip the sugar if the strawberries are sweet enough. If you are looking for a healthy alternative, you can use honey instead of sugar. But then this lemonade will not be vegan.
Water Or Soda? I sometimes add water and sometimes substitute it with soda, especially when I am making an alcoholic version of it. But you can always add soda and make a mocktail to serve for your house parties.
You can also freeze the strawberry syrup and squeeze out the fresh lemon juice, whenever you want to make this yummy drink. The frozen strawberry basil puree stays good in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1-2 months. I am sure even your kids will love it and this one will be a perfect and refreshing drink after their playtime.
Step by Step Recipe
Add strawberry, basil and sugar in a blender and blend to make a smooth puree.
Your Strawberry puree is ready to use in the lemonade. Add lemon juice and mix well.
Add some of this puree in glasses.
Top with soda.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can definitely use frozen strawberries to make this drink. But don’t forget to thaw it before adding in this lemonade.
Also, frozen strawberries are not as sweet as the fresh ones, and thus you can add more sugar according to your taste and preference.
No, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade are not the same.
Fresh and juicy strawberries along with basil are used to make Strawberry Lemonade, while Pink Lemonade has cranberry or raspberry juice along with strawberry juice.
You can also skip the strawberry juice and make the Pink Lemonade only with raspberry or cranberry juice.
To make your strawberry basil lemonade fancier, you can rim the serving glass with sugar and lemon zest.
Brush the rim of the serving glass with some lemon juice, dip it in castor sugar mixed with lemon zest, and now pour the lemonade in this glass.
If you have a lemon tree at home which gives you a lot of fruit or someone gifted you a lot of lemons, what do you with them?
You freeze the juice, easy 🙂
Just squeeze out the juice of lemons and freeze them in a freezer-safe container.
I also like to freeze the juice in ice cube trays. This way, I just have to pull out one cube and use it in my recipe.
Yes, you can make the puree and freeze it, so that it comes in handy whenever you want to make lemonade. It also comes in handy when strawberries are out of season.
Make the puree and store it in small containers leaving 2.5cm headspace to allow for expansion. This puree will last for about 6 months in the freezer.
Boozy – You can add alcohol of your choice like white rum, Moscato wine, sparkling wine, or vodka to this lemonade to make an adult version.
Mixed Fruit – Seasonal fruit purees like watermelon puree, mango puree, raspberry puree, etc can be added to this lemonade.
With Soda – Replace water with soda, just like I did in this recipe. .
Strawberry Lemonade Slush – Use frozen strawberries to make Frozen Strawberry lemonade. The texture of this will be like a slush.
Strawberry Kombucha – You can use this mix to make Kombucha as well. Also, added nutrition in this drink in Summers.
Strawberry Lemonade with Limes – Replace lemons with limes for a tangier lemonade.
With Acai – You can add some acai paste or powder while making this lemonade.
Without a Blender – Mash the strawberries using a fork and pass the puree through a sieve. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well. You can choose to use powdered sugar or sugar syrup in place of granulated as they will mix easily.
This lemonade tastes best when made fresh. However, you can refrigerate it for 2-3 hours. I do not suggest freezing it.
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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
- 1 cup Strawberry
- ¼ cup Basil
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- ½ cup Lemon Juice
- Chilled Water or Soda
- Ice Cubes
- Add strawberry, basil and sugar in a blender and blend to make a smooth puree.
- Add lemon juice and mix well.
- Now add 3 tbsp of this puree in a glass and top with chilled water or soda and ice.
- Stir quickly so that everything comes together.
- Serve immediately.