Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

by Lana Stuart on May 10, 2011 · 30 comments


Yesterday was the first really warm day we’ve had this spring. 88 degrees. Pretty warm. Not hot, but still a taste of what’s in store for summer. After working all day, doing four loads of laundry and cooking dinner, I just wanted a tall glass of something refreshing. Something I could enjoy while we watched Dancing with the Stars, and caught up on email and Facebook. A tall glass of something cold to sip while we relaxed and wound down for the day. You know, right?

I suddenly remembered how much I used to enjoy the Strawberry Lemonade at Sonic. It was light and sweet and tart all at the same time. So, I grabbed a few things from the pantry and went to work. I didn’t have enough lemons to make a big pitcher of lemonade, but I had some limes so I added those. I also had a package of frozen strawberries hanging out in the freezer so I grabbed those, too. And, let me tell you, what I wound up with was just delicious. Just the thing to cool you down on a hot spring or summer day.

Simple syrup for Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

You’ll start by making a simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely melted. You can then refrigerate the syrup until it’s cool or do what I did and add ice to cool it down right away.

Lemons and limes

While the syrup is cooling, remove the zest from one lime and one lemon. A microplane makes this job so easy and gives you a very finely grated zest. Love that tool! Set the zest aside and then juice the lemons and limes.

Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

Put the thawed strawberries with their syrup in a large pitcher. Add the lemon-lime zest, the simple syrup and the juices. Stir together to blend. Add enough water to make a total of eight cups.

Now, taste your mixture. If you like it less tart, add water a cup at a time until you get just the taste you want. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lemon and lime slices.


Strawberry Lemon-Limeade
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A refreshing combination of sweetened strawberries with a tart lemon-limeade.
Serves: 10-12 servings
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Ice
  • 3 limes
  • 5-6 large lemons
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • Water
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Remove pan from the heat and add 4 cups of ice cubes.
  3. While the sugar-water mixture cools, finely grate the zest from one lime and one lemon. Set aside.
  4. Juice the lemons and limes. There should be about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups juice.
  5. Put the thawed strawberries with their syrup in the bottom of a pitcher.
  6. Add the finely grated zest, lemon-lime juice and the cooled sugar-water mixture.
  7. Add enough additional water to make a total of 8 cups.
  8. Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lemon and lime slices.
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cookin' Canuck May 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

This sounds so refreshing, Lana. I think it was just meant to be that you didn’t have enough lemons and added some limes instead – that combination sounds wonderful to me.


2 Lana May 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Interesting how not having all the ingredients you think you need sometimes leads to something wonderful.


3 Amy @ A Little Nosh May 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

That looks so refreshing! My mouth is watering.


4 Lana May 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

It really is, Amy. I was just thinking about it and had to go pour myself another glass full.


5 Neena May 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Oh, that looks soooo good! Wish I had a glass right now. The thermometer is reading 95.


6 Lana May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I wish you had a glass of it, too. ‘Cause that would mean you were at my house! Be careful in that heat, Mama.


7 claudia lamascolo May 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Bookmarked I am a huge fan here of this one and its healthy….lemon is perfect for many things in the body and lime as well!


8 Lana May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Thanks, Claudia! I hope that if you try it you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.


9 Stephanie May 11, 2011 at 12:37 am

oh my god that looks delicious!! I have a terrible weakness for lemons and limes and strawberries


10 Apron Appeal May 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

My kids want to have a lemonade stand at our garage sale next week. This will be used.


11 Lana May 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

Great! Be sure taste it since it’s pretty tart. You may want to add a touch more water for kids.


12 Lori @ RecipeGirl May 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

Delicious! I went to a Sonic for the very first time on our trip across country last summer. I tried the Cherry Limeade version. Yum!


13 Lana May 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

I love Sonic – mostly for the drinks! They have some delicious lemonade combos there.


14 Feast on the Cheap May 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

Growing up, my mom used to take me to a little neighborhood cafe on our special mom-daughter lunches and the place served Strawberry-Lemonade once the weather was nice enough to sit outside. I ordered it every time, without fail. This looks wonderful – a tall glass of childhood memories for me!


15 Lana May 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

You know, nothing pleases me more than when one of my recipes brings back a treasured memory for a reader. Thanks for sharing your memory.


16 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle May 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

Sounds perfect Lana…I love the addition of some lime! I’m thinking I might also love the addition of some Spanish Cava or white wine. :)


17 Lana May 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

Sounds really good to me!


18 Maria May 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Great drink for summer!


19 Drick May 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

hitting 90 the last few days – miss that cool spell we had just a few weeks ago … your drink would be so refreshing right now, gonna do some yard work so just might make up a batch


20 Lana May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

When you’re done, just pack up your rake and mower and wheelbarrow and head on over this way. I’ll make you a pitcher of this lemonade :-)


21 Alison @ ingredients, Inc. May 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

omg yum!!


22 megan May 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This sounds like a perfect drink for the Summer! Love it!


23 Gwyn Fincher May 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

where can you find those great straws?


24 Lana May 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Gwyn – I ordered those from Bake it Pretty ( They have lots of great stuff!


25 Katherine May 31, 2011 at 2:57 am

Lovely recipe! I wanted to let you know that I mention and link to your recipe on a post I did on simple syrups and summer cocktails :-)


26 NO REASON NEEDED July 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Mmmmm, sounds delish. I have a fantastic little “sunshine drink” of summer I came across recently called Sunny Orange Lemonade”


27 Callie Frank February 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

Lana, This lemonade just blew my socks off! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this and your site in general. You’ve got some amazing recipes, and I can’t wait to try more. I did repost this recipe on my blog and gave you credit for it. I hope you don’t mind. The whole world needs to witness the wonder of this drink. Thank you for posting it!



28 kayleen March 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

MMMM this is soooo sooo good. I made it tonight for dinner. My husband is a diabetic so i used splenda instead of sugar and used strawberries with splenda. I could not find my zester so i did not zest the lemon or limes and it was still very very delish. This for sure will be a summer drink at my house. Thank you for sharing the recipe


29 Lana Stuart March 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kayleen! It’s one of our favorites, too. I’m looking forward to glass when the weather is warmer.


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