Lemon juice, strawberries, and simple syrup make up this delicious Starbucks Strawberry Lemonade in just 15 minutes. Cool, sweet, and refreshing, this blended beverage is like summertime in a glass.

A glass of strawberry lemonade garnished with a fresh strawberry and lemon wedge. Behind the glass is another glass and a pitcher of the lemonade.
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Summertime is the perfect time for refreshing drinks. I love a good Strawberry Mocktail or Cherry Cooler while reading in the sun. Ahh, summer…

Okay, back to reality! No need to interrupt your day with a trip to Starbucks. Now you can make your own delicious Strawberry lemonade and save yourself a few bucks!

My version of this drink uses simple syrup, fresh strawberries and lemons. You can make it even healthier by using honey rather than sugar for your simple syrup. I’ve done it both ways and it’s delicious!

Something I love about this recipe is that it’s very versatile, and you can truly customize it to your tastes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Better for your budget- This blended Starbucks strawberry lemonade tastes just like the real thing and costs way less to make.
  • Simple Syrup- making a liquid sweetener blends easier than trying to get sugar to dissolve in cold water.
  • Sweet and refreshing- This is the perfect summertime drink!

Key Ingredients

Bowl full of lemons sitting next to a container of sugar and a quart of fresh strawberries.

This copycat Starbucks strawberry lemonade is tangy, sweet, smooth, and so refreshing! Strawberries and lemons can be found year-round, and compliment each other so well.

Even if you make this drink in the dead of winter, it’ll feel like summertime as soon as you take that first sip.

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

This is an overview of the instructions, be sure to see the recipe card for all the details.

4-image collage showing steps to make strawberry lemonade. 1-make simple syrup; 2-juice lemons; 3-place strawberries in a blender; 4-puree the strawberries.
  1. Make simple syrup by heating water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Move the syrup into the fridge to cool completely before mixing it into the drink.
  2. Use a citrus press to juice your fresh lemons until you have 1 ½ cups of juice.

  3. Hull (take the stems off) the strawberries and place them in a blender or food processor..
  4. Blend until puree’d. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain and remove the seeds from the puréed strawberries.

2-image collage showing the last two steps to make the lemonade: 5-lemon juice in a pitcher; 6-strawberry puree, simple syrup, and water added to the lemon juice in the pitcher.

5. Add the lemon juice to a pitcher.

6. Add strawberry puree’, syrup, and cold water. Stir well.

Allow to chill for a bit in the fridge, and serve in tall glasses with ice. 

Expert Tips

  • Simple syrup can be made with more or less sugar depending on how sweet you like the syrup. The standard is equal parts, but I did a little less here because I like a good balance of tart from the lemons.
  • For a less processed version, use honey instead of sugar in the simple syrup, same amount.
  • You can also make the simple syrup as is, but use less if you like a less sweet lemonade. The extra can be used in Mocktails or Cocktails.
  • Straining the seeds of the strawberries is optional. If it doesn’t bother you, skip this step.
  • Sugar-Free option: You can use a stevia based sweetener such as Truvia, or Swerve to make the simple syrup. Check a conversion chart as not all sweeteners measure the same as sugar. I recommend an all natural sweetener, not a chemical one.
  • Prep the purée.  Puréed strawberries last for a couple months in the freezer. Have some ready to go any time by creating strawberry purée ice cubes that you can thaw and mix in any drink at any time.
  • For a fun frozen treat, pour the lemonade mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
Two glasses of Strawberry Lemonade with a pitcher of lemonade behind them. The drinks are garnished with fresh strawberries and a lemon wedge. 2 straws are beside the glass.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s in Starbucks strawberry lemonade?

Strawberries purée, lemonade, and simple syrup are the dominant ingredients. We’re starting from scratch with freshly squeezed lemons, cold water, and simple syrup, and mixing it right in with our strawberry puree. 

Can I make a Starbucks blended strawberry lemonade without a blender or food processor?

You could mash your berries as much as possible with a masher or muddler, but you won’t have as fine or smooth of a mixture as you would get with a blender or processor.

The texture would certainly be different, but the flavor is still just as good!

What is a Starbucks Blended Strawberry Lemonade?

The blended lemonade is more like a slushy texture, and has a higher ratio of puree’d strawberries.

Storing and Freezing

The Strawberry Lemonade will keep for a week in the refrigerator, however, we’ve always devoured it before then.

As far as freezing goes, you can freeze it in an airtight container, but most people don’t freeze their lemonade unless they’re making popsicles, which I mentioned under the “Expert Tips” section.

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Glass of homemade strawberry lemonade with a red and white striped straw, and garnished with a strawberry slice and a lemon wedge. Behind the glass is another glass and a pitcher of the remaining lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade

Lemon juice, and strawberries, and simple syrup make up this delicious Starbucks Strawberry Lemonade in just 15 minutes. Cool, sweet, and refreshing, this blended beverage is like summertime in a glass.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 403kcal
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
  • Pitcher
  • Citrus press or Lemon Juicer (optional, but handy)

Ingredients

For the simple syrup:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the lemonade

  • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice about 8-10 lemons
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 6 cups cold water

Instructions

For the simple syrup

  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add water and sugar. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cool completely. Can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

For the lemonade

  • Juice the lemons and add the juice to a pitcher. (link to citrus press)
  • Place the strawberries in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Strain out the seeds by putting the puree in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Gently push the mixture through with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the pureed strawberries and simple syrup to the pitcher.
  • Add the cold water and stir until well combined.
  • Chill and serve over ice.

Notes

  • Simple syrup can be made with more or less sugar depending on how sweet you like the syrup. The standard is equal parts, but I did a little less here because I like a good balance of tart from the lemons.
  • For a less processed version, use honey instead of sugar in the simple syrup, same amount.
  • You can also make the simple syrup as is, but use less if you like a less sweet lemonade. The extra can be used in Mocktails or Cocktails.
  • Straining the seeds of the strawberries is optional. If it doesn’t bother you, skip this step.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 103g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Love your strawberry lemonade! I just made it and it taste so good!!
    PS: I substituted the sugar for a natural sugar that is not the regular processed sugar, but very healthy! It’s called Sucress, a Natural Non-Caloric Sweetener w/zero Carbs or Calories.