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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You do not. That is a personal preference.
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.
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.
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This recipe was originally published 2009 and was updated in 2022.