Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail

4.99 from 63 votes

If you're looking for a perfectly easy-to-make mocktail, this strawberry lemonade mocktail is it! It's so easy to make and enjoy whether you are at a party or just at home enjoying the weather outside!

a closeup photo of a red strawberry lemonade mocktail with slices of lemon and strawberries for garnish

Summertime reminds me of delicious and fruity drinks that are light and refreshing.

I don't drink cocktails often, but what I've missed while I'm pregnant is the ability to order a pretty drink at a restaurant.

And then I remembered how much I love strawberry lemonade.

So when we made burgers last week, I decided I would make my own pretty drink.

It's easy to make a simple lemonade feel like a fancy drink!

strawberry lemonade mocktails in two glasses and a pitcher on a blue background

Strawberry lemonade mocktail recipe

Strawberry lemonade is a classic summertime drink and this version of a little summer mocktail is refreshing and so easy to make!

To make it, we take pureed strawberries, sugar and fresh lemon juice and blend it all together.

This mocktail is perfect for a summer barbecue because it is so light and sweet. If you need a larger batch, try this Raspberry Lemonade Punch.

On a hot Arizona day, there is really nothing like it.

Ingredients

Strawberry lemonade is easy to whip up and make into mocktails and cocktails.

Here's what you will need to make homemade strawberry lemonade:

  • freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 8 lemons)
  • medium strawberries, washed and hulled
  • granulated sugar or cane sugar (brown sugar will work too, but it maay affect the rosy red color)
  • water — always use filtered water if you can!

You will need a really good blender to make this recipe. We're in love with our Ninja blender.

I also recommend snagging one of these handheld citrus squeezers. You can get out a lot of juice this way! If you don't have one of those, check out this article about the best ways to squeeze lemons.

a pitcher of strawberry lemonade mocktail with two empty glasses on a blue background

How to make strawberry lemonade

Strawberry lemonade is a quick drink that you can easily make in just a few minutes.

It's called a "mocktail" because it doesn't contain any alcohol, though if you want to make it a cocktail, you can pour in booze if you like.

It's filled with simple and natural ingredients of strawberries, lemons and sugar. They get blended up together to make the most brilliant red strawberry lemonade.

You can make it as sweet or as tart as you'd like! You can even substitute honey or a non-sugar sweetener if you like.

We also love our tasty, naturally-sweetened Honey Orange Lemonade.

If you want a lighter pink color, you can use fewer strawberries but be mindful that you won't have as much liquid at the end.

Uses for strawberry lemonade

If you wish to make your strawberry lemonade into a cocktail, you can add vodka, rum or tequila. Limoncello would be perfect for the most ultra-lemony drink of all time.

If you'd like to add some extra flavor without adding any alcohol, try adding some zero-proof spirits or a few drops of your favorite bitters.

You can mix with white wine to make a sangria similar to this Peach Raspberry Sangria.

Make it a sparkling strawberry lemonade by adding something bubbly to it, almost like a mimosa or bellini. You can use champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling lemonade, ginger ale or ginger beer. Use it in this Ginger Strawberry Bellini.

Make margaritas with tequila, triple sec and don't forget the salt rim!

a white kitchen towel with red strawberry lemonade mocktail in a pitcher with two empty glasses garnished with strawberries

How to garnish your strawberry lemonade mocktail

To make this strawberry lemonade mocktail feel a bit fancy, I added a sugar rim to a stemless wine glass before pouring in the strawberry lemonade.

To add sugar to your rim easily, pour sugar onto a small, flat plate.

Then run a slice of lemon around your glass and dip into the sugar.

Garnish with a strawberry or a slice of one, and store the remaining lemonade in a large mason jar, bottle or another type of airtight container.

a closeup photo of the strawberry lemonade mocktail with slices of lemon and strawberries for garnish

Recipes for a barbecue

Having a fun, festive drink adds an extra layer to a fun barbecue this summer!

Some of our favorite dishes to make are Italian Marinade Pork Chops, No Mayo Pasta Salad and a Strawberry Salad.

I'll finish it up with a No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie — because no one wants to be baking when it's summertime. Plus, more uses for fresh strawberries!

But truthfully, strawberries can be found all year long, so feel free to make it to serve for Easter brunch, a Christmas party or any kind of gathering.

two strawberry lemonade mocktails on a blue background with a pitcher

More lemonade recipes

If you love this strawberry lemonade, you should try this Peach Blackberry Lemonade Mocktail. It's similar but uses more summer fruits.

This Blueberry Lemonade Mocktail is another one with plenty of summer goodness.

This Herbal Limeade is a beautiful and flavorful green punch that you can sip on its own or mix into cocktails. Limeade is similar to lemonade but it's made with lime juice.

When I have fresh herbs around, my husband loves it when I make this Mint Lemonade.

More mocktail recipes

This Sparkling Cranberry Ginger Ale Punch is a wonderful non-alcoholic punch at the holidays, but it can be made with any kind of juice.

Make a Sweet Sunrise mocktail, which is a boozeless spin on the tequila sunrise.

You've gotta try this strawberry lemonade mocktail! Let me know what you think in a review or in the comments below!

a closeup photo of the strawberry lemonade mocktail with slices of lemon and strawberries for garnish

Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail

If you're looking for a perfectly easy to make mocktail, this strawberry lemonade mocktail is it! It's so easy to make and enjoy whether you are at a party or just at home enjoying the weather outside!
4.99 from 63 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice approximately 8 lemons
  • 8 medium strawberries washed and hulled
  • 1 cups + 2 tablespoons sugar divided
  • 6 cups of water divided

Instructions

  • Squeeze lemons (straining seeds and pulp) to make 2 cups. Set aside.
  • Hull strawberries, add to food processor. Puree for a few seconds.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Blend until it forms a liquid.
  • Add strawberry juice to lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add remaining sugar and water. Mix well. 
  • Chill and serve over ice in sugar rimmed glasses.

Notes

If the lemonade is too tart, add additional sugar one tablespoon at a time until at your desired sweetness! 

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g
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26 Comments

  1. This strawberry lemonade mocktail will now be our go-to when my friends and I want something fun and fruity. I'll try adding a splash of vodka next time for a tasty cocktail. So refreshing! We all enjoyed it!

  2. This mocktail is a winner. The combo of sweet strawberries and zesty lemons is so refreshing. I'm making this my go-to summer drink from now on.

  3. This is now my favorite mocktail! Super refreshing and the sweetness is just perfect! I love how easy it is to make too!

  4. This recipe is so simple, yet tasty and just perfect for lazy afternoons. It's fruity but not too sugary, and that's a win for me. So let's just say I'm keeping this recipe close for future gatherings.

  5. This is one of my kids' favorite things to help me make in the kitchen. It's so refreshing and so much better for them than a soda from the store. I don't care if it's a balmy 80 degrees out or only 8 degrees, we enjoy this mocktail year round.

  6. Lemonade is my go-to, and this twist with strawberries is genius! It was refreshing and the natural sweetness from the strawberries is the winner for me!

  7. Delicious! I bought ready made organic lemonade and added frozen strawberries. Ran it through the Vitamix and it was prechilled! This will be a summer favorite.

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  11. This looks great! My husband and I don't drink alcohol due to religious reasons, but had our first mocktails on our honeymoon cruise and we LOVE them!

  12. So delicious looking. I've been craving tons of pink lemonade lately so this will make a nice spring-y change of pace!

  13. YUM! I had an alcoholic drink that was similar to this once, and it's my all-time favorite! I'd love to try making this at home. It's the perfect thing for a cookout. My friends and I have been getting together every weekend to cookout, so I'm definitely going to make this for them soon.

  14. Yum! I love this! I was just trying to think up a fun "mocktail" to make this weekend at the lake while everyone else is sipping on cocktails and boat drinks. This is a perfect drink for us preggos to enjoy all summer long!

  15. Yum! I'm right there with you this summer and I'm definitely going to need to find a few good mocktails while everyone else is drinking beer and sangria! This one looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!

  16. that looks amazing! (but so does everything you make, with your awesome photog skills ๐Ÿ™‚ and whenever i end up preggers i'm going to need a whole list of mocktails since summery cocktails are my jam! definitely pinning this ๐Ÿ™‚