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This strawberry lemonade recipe just might be the perfect, refreshing drink for summer!

There’s just something about Strawberry Lemonade that say’s “summer is here and in full swing”. There are few things as refreshing or relaxing the midst of mind-numbing heat.

But I was shocked at the grocery store when I picked up a bottle of pre-made strawberry lemonade. The amount of chemicals they add to it just to get a strawberry flavor is truly astounding. I mean, how hard is it to just add strawberries? I want strawberries, darn it! S.T.R.A.W.B.E.R.R.I.E.S.! Not strawberry “flavor” mixed with high fructose corn syrup. Why is it so hard to use the real thing?

Clean Eating Strawberry Lemonade

Well, if you read this blog with any regularity, you know me well enough to know that I wasn’t going to stand for that for one second. I put that bottle right back on the shelf and marched myself over to the produce section where I found some amazingly wonderful and organic strawberries. I took them home, put them through the blender, and added them (and a little lime juice) to a pitcher of homemade lemonade.

I swear, some day I’m going to open a restaurant called “Real food”. And this strawberry lemonade will be listed with all the other real beverages. Wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace? Okay. I’m done ranting and daydreaming. Sorry you had to experience that.


It’s a simple process, it just takes a little time to clean all your strawberries (destem them). The main idea is to get your sweetener infused into your water by warming everything. Cool that enough to put it in a blender. Combine everything in a blender and blend. You can drink it as is, or you can run the liquid through a strainer or cheese cloth to remove seeds. The choice is yours. Then chill it for a bit and serve!


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Clean Eating Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

A refreshing summer drink that uses real strawberries. Just the way it should be!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 126.49kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Blender


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries (cleaned and stems removed)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 medium limes (juice only)


  • Warm 2 1/2 cups of water in a pot with the honey until well combined.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the remainder of the water, the honey water, lemon juice and lime juice.
  • Put your strawberries in a blender and blend until very smooth.
  • Put the strawberries through a fine meshed sieve. You'll have to stir and press with a spatula to get it through the sieve completely.
  • Stir strawberry juice into the pitcher and stir well.
  • Chill and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 126.49kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.41g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.28g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 10.29mg | Potassium: 151.78mg | Fiber: 1.76g | Sugar: 29.92g | Vitamin A: 15.18IU | Vitamin C: 50.17mg | Calcium: 23.02mg | Iron: 0.49mg

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  1. Mmmm. I can’t wait to try this. Raspberries and/or blackberries would be wonderful, too. Blueberries would probably taste good, but I think the color would be too weird to be appetizing (maybe drink it in the dark?)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Lol. A “lemonade” you have to drink in the dark. Now that WOULD be interesting!

  2. I was just looking up ginger lemonade recipes, and i was thinking about emailing it to you to clean it up, but I guess I could just use Honey instead of sugar. i may try it. This sounds really good though! I will try this this weekend.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Great! Let me know how you like it! The ginger version sounds yummy!

  3. Bodynsoil says:

    Oh this looks delish and I will be making this very soon, hopefully this afternoon! Since I garden I will soon have my own organic fresh strawberries to choose from and also keep some frozen berries on hand as well. Thank you for posting.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      BNS – Wonderful! We planted strawberries too this year, but we’re not even close to getting any yet. Waiting patiently…

  4. Do you use fresh lemon juice for this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I did! 🙂

  5. Thank you!! Your website is my new addiction, lol!! I’m so excited about clean eating, especially in my children!! I’ve noticed quite a bit how sugar is making them behave/act, and that’s where some of our behaviours have come from!! My children love sweet drinks, so I’m excited to bring some clean drinks to them!! They are getting better with water, but still want something sweet!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – You can also try with 100% juice, and just water it down more and more over time. It’s tough for kids, but still completely doable.

  6. Mawasnick says:

    Oh thank you!!!! I’ve been dying for lemonade. When to the fair and got some there, thought it would be “just” lemonade but it was sooooo sweet. Too sweet for me to finish. I’m gonna try this, I’m sure it’ll be just what I’ve been craving. Thanks a lot.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mawasnick – Then start off with less sweetener when you make this and sweeten to your tastes. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  7. Nicole S. says:

    This sounds delicious. I may use seltzer water instead of regular water to have a sparkling lemonade!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nicole – Yum!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Haha! I’ll see what I can do! Maybe I need to franchise…

  9. Stephanie says:

    Sounds and looks yummy!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Lovetuscany – If that works for you, great! I get a really bad aftertaste with stevia, so I never use it.

  11. just made this… waiting for it to chill so the kids and i can have some! YUM!! Thanks for all the yummy stuff to make. we are slowly changing our lifestyle and your site helps SO much! Thanks agian!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    That probably did make the difference. You can also cut the honey in half.

  13. Needs to quit reading your blog before lunch…. this is going in the bucket too

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  14. Can I use frozen strawberries?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monday – You can if you thaw them first.

  15. Jessica W says:

    So if you want to make plain lemonade could you make this without the strawberries? I just juiced a whole bunch of lemons from my moms tree and really love plain lemonade…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica W – Sure! You might need to adjust the amount of lemon juice a bit, but yes.

  16. I am new to clean eating and very very excited to try this recipe! I was a very big soda drinker before this and I crave sweet drinks a lot so I think this will be the best way at handling those cravings! Thanks so much, I’ll be trying it this Monday for Memorial Day

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – Fantastic! I hope you enjoy it! And just an FYI, I’m working on a clean eating “sprite/7up” recipe. 😉

  17. Denise Passero says:

    Just made this. It is so refreshing and delicious!!!! My husband even likes it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Denise – Thank you! So happy you both enjoyed it! 😀

  18. How long will this keep in the fridge?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ann – Up to about 5 days. You can freeze it in ice cube trays if you don’t drink it fast enough.

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