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Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

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This Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe will leave you refreshed and and satisfied. Try this delicious spin on your traditional Lemonade recipe. 

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Post updated on 3/28/19 

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If you follow me on the Gram, you will realize that I eat out more than I should. I promise I am trying to change my ways but I won’t lie, I love restaurants. Typically when I go out to eat, I always order just a water to drink. Why you may ask? Because I am cheap and also because I think water is delicious!

Well one day while eating out with my hubby, I decided to be fancy and ordered a strawberry lemonade instead of a water. You all, I was super excited about this strawberry lemonade. I was ready for my taste buds to jump out of my mouth and do the running man on the table. And not that new dance they claim is the running man, but old school Kid&Play running man.

I was ready for magic….and when I took that first sip of that strawberry lemonade, I wanted to cry. It was gross. I politely asked my waiter to bring it back and went back to my traditional water. This is where the idea of strawberry basil lemonade began.

This experience made me want to go home and make up my own recipe for strawberry lemonade, and I did!

strawberry basil lemonade in glass with stray

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients: strawberries of course, lemon, sugar, and……BASIL! A lot of you are probably thinking I have gone insane? ” Basil?” “In my drank?” “Are you for real?”

Why yes I am.

Now feel free to omit the basil if you want, this strawberry lemonade is still delicious without it. But I wanted to kick it up a notch.

How to make Strawberry Basil Lemonade

First, create a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissoved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

sugar in measuring cup being poured into water in saucepan

Next, squeeze about lemons to make about 1 cup of squeezed lemon juice. Set aside.

half a lemon on juicer top

Next, chop about 12 medium straberries, yielding about 1 1/2 cup of strawberries. Add that and about 1/4 cup of basil leaves to a food processor and process until smooth. I like to use my mini food processor for this recipe. 

Strain strawberry and basil mixture through a fine strainer into a pitcher. Add simple syrup mixture, lemon juice, and 2 1/2 cups of water to a pitcher. Stir until combined.

water being poured into pitcher with strawberry syrup

Serve chilled over ice and Enjoy 🙂

Variations of this Recipe

This flavor profile goes great in a margarita. Check out my Strawberry Basil Margarita.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

This strawberry basil lemonade recipe is a refreshing sweet treat that is perfect for any spring or summer day. #strawberrylemonade #summerdrinks #lemonade
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 149kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 ½ cups chopped strawberries about 12 medium strawberries
  • ¼ cup basil chopped
  • 1 cup lemon juice squeezed from lemons
  • 3 1/2 cups water divided
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Create a simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Turn off stove and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Add strawberries and basil to a food processor or blender and pulse until combined and mixture is smooth.
  • Strain strawberry and basil mixture into pitcher. 
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of cold water, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a pitcher. Stir until combined.
  • Serve over ice. Enjoy 🙂


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Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 37.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Thursday 25th of June 2020

Made this tonight and it was delightful. I only had enough lemons for 3/4 a cup so I used limes for 1/4 and it was fine. So refreshing. My pregnant daughter loved it too.

Sharmaine Kelly

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

I can't wait to try this drink out. I love strawberry lemonade, with basil its sure to be a hit!!!! Time to get strawberry picking again!!


Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Strawberry picking? Take me with you! lol. I love strawberries myself and strawberry picking sounds fun. Hope you enjoy the recipe :)

Lauren Bishop

Wednesday 1st of June 2016

I love the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. It makes me want to in the backyard just thinking about drinking it. Any ideas for substituting out the white sugar?


Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Thank you :) Hmmm....I haven't tried sweetening it with anything else but first thing that comes to mind is honey. I will have to try honey next time.


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

This sounds so good! I've always wanted to try adding basil to a fruity drink. I must do it this summer! I wish I had basil right now because I would so make this!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Thank you April! I love love fresh Basil myself.

Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

Tuesday 31st of May 2016

My go-to summer drink for parties and BBQs is blueberry basil lemonade (preferably with a splash of bourbon!) -- I'll have to try subbing in strawberries for the blueberries this summer!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

OMG! That sounds delicious! Already headed to your page to save this recipe for later.