Strawberry Lemonade

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Get ready for summer by stirring up a batch of Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a delicious way to cool off!

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Writing the Juice Book was so much fun. It’s been a couple years now since I worked on it, but I have great memories of creating those recipes with my kids.

I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that THEY loved it so much.

Years ago, soda pop was a regular fixture in our house. I drank Vanilla Coke daily and appeased my kids with a weekly dose of it on Pizza Night. Nowadays we almost never buy it. On a recent weekend away my husband was stunned when I let the kids get soda at a favorite restaurant. It’s just not what we do anymore.

The Juice Book, as we call it at our house, is filled with homemade juice recipes as well as naturally-sweetened recipes for things like sports ade, ginger ale, and popsicles. Making our own flavored drinks at home is cheaper and healthier for us.

One recent favorite that I created is this recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. We went berry picking a few weeks ago. The first day’s berries were beautiful, but they started to look a sad on the next day. I pureed them in the food processor, mixed them with lemon juice, and made a Strawberry Lemonade. It is SO GOOD.

Strawberry Lemonade | Good Cheap Eats

Granted, this recipe does call for sugar but you can very easily substitute honey syrup if you prefer. I use both, depending on my mood

Now one warning: it does take some time to filter the seeds out of the strawberry puree. A food mill might work better than the food processor-sieve combination that I used. I don’t have a food mill, but I’m looking at this one. Happy to take suggestions if you’ve got one that you love.

This recipe is ideal if you’ve got berries that are still technically good (not moldy), but look a little weary. Chances are you can nab some on sale or clearance. Blend them up and make them into something tasty.

If you’ve got more strawberries than lemonade drinkers, you can always freeze the puree for a later date.

We get lemons for free from my dad, so I rarely have to buy them. Keep your eyes peeled for good sales or for bottled lemon juice for cheap. No, bottled lemon juice is not ideal – it tastes like it came from a factory — but it works in a pinch. My guess is that the fresh strawberry flavor will override any of the bottled after taste.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. LeesaB says:

    We have the OXO Good Grips food mill, and absolutely love it. Those grippy feet are sooooo nice when you’re working, and the handles are much more comfortable than just steel as well. It’s a bit more pricey, but if you plan to use it often, or even to just use it occasionally, then I’d say it’s worth it.

    Once you buy and use a food mill, you’ll kick yourself for not buying one years ago. Seriously. The time savings compared to a sieve is ridiculous.

    • I will check that one out. It’s 2x the one I was looking at, but if it’s as good as you say…. 🙂

  2. Melissa says:

    After watching the LeapFrog Lemonade Stand movie on Netflix my 3 year old has a new love is lemonade and making it at home. He’ll love this recipe for sure!

  3. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Yummy!
    I do have the mill you’re looking at and I do like it, but it wouldn’t work for strawberries because the holes are too big. :/

  4. Lee says:

    Random aside, in my browser, the recipe is titled “recipe name.”

    • Thank you for letting me know! I’m hand coding every recipe and that was an error I made. Let me know if you see more?

  5. Annemarie says:

    Sounds good! I made a similar drink for Independence Day–based on a strawberry lemonade, but used lime juice, and had some sad kiwis, so blended them up as well in it. Last night I turned some into a sangria (1/2 thick juice–not all the water added–and 1/2 merlot), and I can’t help but think that the “thick juice” would make an awesome granita!

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