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Strawberry Lemon Limeade

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A 15-minute recipe for the tastiest, most refreshing drink for all your summer activities.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Two glasses of strawberry lemon limeade with a pitcher in the background.

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” It sure is! If summer is your favorite season, it’ll only be made better by having a tall glass of this Strawberry Lemon Limeade in your hand.

Two glasses of strawberry lemon limeade with a pitcher in the background.

This 15-minute recipe is the tastiest, most refreshing fruity drink for all your summer activities from pool parties to picnics to cookouts. This is the perfect drink to serve at a cookout featuring BeeBop’s bacon cheeseburgers, southern baked beans, and potato salad!


  • Not too sweet; not too tart
  • Uses easily sourced ingredients
  • Versatile – can be served as is or made into an “adult beverage”
  • Very quick and easy to make

About the Ingredients

  • Lemons and Limes (fresh is always best)
  • Sugar (you can always substitute an equivalent amount of sugar substitute if you prefer)
  • Frozen Strawberries (using thawed, frozen strawberries saves time; you can use fresh but you’ll need to wash and hull them and then crush them with a muddler or give them a quick blitz in a blender or food processor)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Strawberry Lemon Limeade

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

STEP 1. You’ll start by making a simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar completely melts.

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STEP 2. Cool the syrup in the refrigerator or add ice to cool it down right away.

NOTE: If you choose to use a sugar substitute in the recipe, you’ll skip the cooking step and just dissolve your sugar substitute in water.

COOK’S TIP 
Simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) is a great thing to keep on hand in your refrigerator for mixing cocktails and summer drinks. It eliminates the problem of trying to dissolve sugar in a cold drink.

STEP 3. While the syrup is cooling, remove the zest from one lime and one lemon. Set the zest aside.

COOK’S TIP 
A microplane grater makes zesting citrus fruit so easy and gives you a very finely grated zest. Love that tool!

STEP 4. Juice all the lemons and limes (including the ones you previously zested) using a juicer or a hand reamer.

STEP 5. Add the thawed strawberries with their syrup in a large pitcher.

STEP 6. Add the lemon and lime zest, the simple syrup, and the juices. Stir together to blend. Add enough water to make a total of eight cups.

Strawberry lemon limeade being poured from a pitcher into a glass filled with ice.
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STEP 7. 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 lemon or lime slices.

Variations, Substitutions, and Tips

  • Of course, you can use all limes or all lemons in this recipe. Just make sure that you have at least 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of juice.
  • You can turn this recipe into a cocktail by adding tequila or vodka (about 4 ounces or either) and a splash of Gran Marnier. Or just add a little umbrella and call it a “mocktail.”
  • I recommend holding the garnish until serving the drink. Sometimes citrus oils can be bitter and overpowering if allowed to sit in the liquid too long.
  • Substitute an equal amount of a sugar substitute if you like. If substituing, you can skip making the simple syrup in steps 1-2.

FAQs

Can I use fresh strawberries instead of frozen ones?

You can easily substitute an equal amount of fresh strawberries for the frozen berries in this recipe. You’ll need to hull and wash them, then either crush them with a muddler or give them a quick blitz in a blender or food processor.

What is “simple syrup?”

Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, cooked until the sugar is dissolved and then cooled. It makes sweetening cold drinks really easy – trying to dissolve sugar into something cold is really difficult (the sugar won’t go into solution and sinks to the bottom) — and simple syrup solves that problem. You can keep it in your refrigerator for about a month.

Can I freeze this?

Actually, yes, you can easily freeze this recipe. Pour it into a freezer safe container, seal it, and keep it in the freezer for up to six months. Even better, freeze it in ice cube trays and add the individual cubes into other drinks such as Sprite or 7-Up.

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Two glasses of strawberry lemon limeade with a pitcher in the background.

Strawberry Lemon Limeade

A 15-minute recipe for the tastiest, most refreshing drink for all your summer activities.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Ice
  • 3 limes
  • 6 large lemons
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries in syrup thawed
  • Water

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove pan from the heat and add 4 cups of ice cubes.
  • While the sugar-water mixture cools, finely grate the zest from one lime and one lemon. Set aside.
  • Juice the lemons and limes. There should be about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups juice.
  • Put the thawed strawberries with their syrup in the bottom of a pitcher.
  • Add the finely grated zest, lemon-lime juice and the cooled sugar-water mixture.
  • Add enough additional water to make a total of 8 cups.
  • Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lemon and lime slices.

Notes

  • You can use all limes or all lemons in this recipe. Just make sure that you have the total amount of juice needed.
  • You can easily substitute an equal amount of fresh strawberries for the frozen berries in this recipe. You’ll need to hull and wash them, then either crush them with a muddler or give them a quick blitz in a blender or food processor.
  • Turn this recipe into a cocktail by adding tequila or vodka (about 4 ounces of either) and a splash of Gran Marnier. Or just add a little umbrella and call it a “mocktail.”
  • Hold the garnish until serving the drink. Sometimes citrus oils can be bitter and overpowering if allowed to sit in the liquid too long.
  • Substitute an equal amount of a sugar substitute if you like. If substituting, you can skip making the simple syrup in steps 1-2.
  • To freeze, pour into a freezer safe container, seal it, and keep it in the freezer for up to six months. Even better, freeze it in ice cube trays and add the individual cubes into other drinks such as Sprite or 7-Up.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on May 10, 2011, and has been updated with new photos and text.

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  1. 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

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    Callie

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