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A tall glass of strawberry lemonade garnished with fresh slices of lemon and sprig of thyme.

Strawberry Lemonade


Refreshing strawberry lemonade is a cool summer drink! Fruity and sweet, it’s drink shop specialty that’s easy to make at home. Assemble these tasty beverages in 20 minutes. 


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Lemonade Base

  • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

For Serving

  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme


Strawberry Lemonade

Thyme-infused Simple Syrup

  1. Add sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  2. Remove the pan from heat. Add sprigs of thyme, then cover the pan with a lid. Allow the herbs to steep in the syrup for 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Sauce

  1. Add strawberries, water and lemon zest to a small saucepan. Cook the strawberry mixture over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, just until the fruit starts to break down and releases their juices. Remove pan from heat.
  2. Use an immersion blender to puree the berries until smooth. If you don’t have this kitchen tool, carefully pour the berry mixture into a food processor or a high-speed blender. To remove the strawberry seeds (optional), strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Set the sauce aside until ready to use.

Prepare the Drink for Serving

  1. After the simple syrup has cooled, remove the sprigs of thyme. Over a large pitcher, pour the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any loose leaves that may have fallen off the stems. Add 4 cups cold water and lemon juice to the pitcher with the syrup. With a long spoon, stir well to combine.
  2. TO SERVE: Place 1 to 2 tablespoons strawberry sauce in the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass with ice. Pour lemonade into the glass. If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries, slices of lemon and/or a sprig of thyme.


AMOUNT OF JUICE IN 1 LEMON: The juiciness of each lemon will vary. But 1 medium lemon will yield about 2 tablespoons juice. For 1 cup lemon juice, have (at least) 8 lemons on hand so over-squeezing for juice will not be needed. Over-squeezing will result in lemon oil from the skins being expressed, which is not what we want. Lemon oil has a harsh bitter taste.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Blended Strawberry Lemonade