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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart, with a lot of delicious fruit flavor!

If you are looking for the perfect way to cool down on hot summer days, you’re going to need to try this Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade recipe. It’s a sweet, refreshing treat that everyone will love! 

Now I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people who is miserably hot when it gets above 80. I blame growing up in the Pacific Northwest for that. Sure we deal with a lot of rain throughout much of the year but our summers? Man are they perfect. Usually sunny and it doesn’t often get hotter than 80 – 85.

That doesn’t mean that a hot one doesn’t sneak in every so often, and when it does I want a refreshing drink to cool me down.

And what says summer time more than lemonade? How about sparkling strawberry lemonade? It’s pretty. It is sparkly. It’s perfect for hot summer days. Bridal and baby showers. And with a splash of vodka, it makes a great afternoon cocktail too.

Overhead photo looking into the pitcher of strawberry lemonade.

What ingredients do you need to make sparkling strawberry lemonade?

Growing up, I was always a fan of the powdered lemonade stuff. Blasphemy, I know. I have since found it way too sweet for me. Making it at home allows you to adjust it to your tastes. For this recipe, I used fresh strawberries, lemons, simple syrup and some sparkling water. A little sweet, a little tart and very refreshing.

How do you make sparkling strawberry lemonade?

For this recipe, you will need a cup of lemonade. To do that you will need to juice about 6 lemons. Although it may seem easier to use a jar of lemon juice, it is really better to make it with fresh lemons.

For the strawberry part of this lemonade, you will need to puree the strawberries and simple syrup together.  You may notice seeds in my picture, and that is because I chose not to strain the strawberries after I pureed them. I like the little pieces of fresh fruit. If it’s not for you feel free to strain yours.

The sparkling part of this lemonade is from unflavored sparkling water. Add it to the lemonade mixture slowly so that it doesn’t foam up too much on you. If you’re not a fan of the fizz, you can skip the sparkling part and use still water.

Storage and Leftovers:

Because of the nature of the carbonated water, this is really best when enjoyed the day it is made. If you use still water, it’ll last a couple of days.

Recipe FAQ:

How do you make simple syrup?

Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. Simply heat it and stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using it in any drinks. Store in a refrigerator and should last about a month. Toss when it starts to get cloudy.

Do I need to strain the seeds from the strawberry puree?

You do not. That is a personal preference.

Can I use store bought lemon juice?

I cannot recommend using store bought lemon juice to make this strawberry lemonade. You’re going to get a much better flavor by using fresh lemons.

Can you make this lemonade with still water?

Yes! You can totally make this with water that has not been carbonated. I like the fizz that carbonated water adds but it would be just as good without.

Looking for more refreshing summer drinks? Try these:

Easy Mojito Cocktail

Watermelon Margarita

Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade

This recipe was originally published 2009 and was updated in 2022.

Strawberry Lemonade in a cup garnished with a strawberry.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 202 kcal



  • 1 cup lemon juice about 6 lemons
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups simple syrup recipe follows
  • 1 16 ounce container strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 quart sparkling water
  • ice cubes
  • mint for garnish

For the Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • To make simple syrup combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  • Cool completely.
  • Roll the lemons back and forth a couple of times on the counter to release the juices. Cut the lemons in half juice into a bowl. Remove any seeds that may have fallen into the juice. You should get about 1 cup of lemon juice.
  • Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend the strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, until smooth.
  • Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 cup simple syrup and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if you want a little more sweetness. Add ice cubes. Chill until ready to drink.
  • Place more ice cubes in a glass, pour in chilled lemonade, garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy!




Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 50.9gProtein: 0.8gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 48mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.6g
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Keywords: 4th of July Recipes, carbonated, classic recipe, drink, homemade lemonade, lemonade, mint, Recipe, simple syrup, sparkling water, strawberry, summer

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    May 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    This Lemonade was so good thank you so much!!!!!

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      May 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      You are welcome!! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    July 30, 2018 at 9:41 am

    This lemonade looks sooo refreshing!!!

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    July 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this! SO refreshing!!

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    July 26, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This lemonade sounds so refreshing! I wish I was sipping on it right now!

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    July 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

    5 stars
    My kids will love this idea! Yummy!

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    July 25, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I’ll definitely be making this the next time it reaches over 100 degrees!

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    July 25, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so amazingly refreshing !!!

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    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
    July 25, 2018 at 10:04 am

    It’s super hot here, too. Maybe this will help cool us down a bit! thank you for sharing!

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    May 18, 2018 at 5:15 am


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    April 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Sounds yummy. When are u onTV again I miss u

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    June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Lori- I would multiply the recipe by 10 or 12. You could get about 4 glasses out of each batch. hope this helps!

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    June 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    If I am making this for a shower for about 50 people do you know how many times I would need to multiply this recipe? Looks great!

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    Chung Zucker
    June 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I am curious to find out what blog platform you are using? I’m having some small security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more secure. Do you have any solutions?

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    June 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Hey Des, thanks for the amazing recipe!
    Just a little curious, for the syrup it only says “Part water” and “Part sugar” no actual measurements. What amounts of each do you normally use?

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      June 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Hey Kristen- I would use 2 cups each then you can keep the leftovers in a jar in the fridge. Hope this helps! :)

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    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    datx quite refreshing, n tasteful too. am gona try this.

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    July 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Des
    Can you make this drink with regular water instead sparkling water?

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      July 24, 2009 at 8:29 am

      Hi Candace, sure you can. I only picked sparkling water because I wanted something a little bubbly. Regular water would work just fine.

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    July 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Des

    Do you think I could make this with frozen strawberries.

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      July 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Jackie, I’ve never made this with frozen strawberries so I can’t recommend it. I think that fresh would be the best option.

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    July 1, 2009 at 9:13 am

    This is one of my daughter’s favorite drinks to order out. I made her a homemade version once, but it was not as polished as your recipe!

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    June 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    This lemonade looks like it would really hit the spot today…nearly 100F with heat index in Houston…maybe I’ll give it a go tomorrow ;-)

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    June 12, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Oh my gosh. This recipe is wonderful!!!! I made it yesterday and we’re ready for another pitcher today. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
    I shared the recipe on my blog too, with a link back to you.
    Thanks again – it’s awesome. I especially love the fizz. Great touch!

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    June 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    What a lovely picture! Thanks for the idea – I’ve got both lemons and strawberries in the fridge and I’m going to make this today :)

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    June 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

    You rock! I just purchased a flat of strawberries, and I look forward to trying this drink. My family will love it.

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    June 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Yum, my daughter would love this pink drink.

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    Mrs. L
    June 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    There are so many strawberries for sale at the farmers market, I keep thinking I need to buy a bunch and do something with them. This sounds like a great way to use some up.

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    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    How refreshing!! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!!!

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    June 4, 2009 at 1:58 am

    What a great summery drink!

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    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Wow, beautiful! Looks so refreshing!

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    June 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    This looks very refreshing.Perfect for summer!

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    June 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Yum! This looks awesome. I am not one to make drinks, but I really like fresh, pure lemonade so I am sure I will like this. I will have to try it!

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    June 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What a perfect summer recipe! I love the pink color!

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    June 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

    perfect! good idea!

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    June 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

    This drink looks delicious! I wish I had seen it sooner, we’ve been getting a lot of hot weather here, and it would have been a refreshing little drink to have around. :)

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