Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

To help me get through this long summer with both kiddos home with me, (now 4.5 and 2,) we made a summer bucket list, full of ideas for adventures and at-home activities to keep us busy. Hugo’s favorite are all the food related ones, making s’mores, ice cream, popsicles, and lemonade. (Can you tell he’s my child?)

Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Last week during a mid-nineties heat wave we squeezed up our lemons, pureéd some greenmarket strawberries, sweetened the mixture with some maple syrup so I good feel good serving it to the kids, and added water. Voila! Bright and vibrant strawberry lemonade that we all loved and is perfectly refreshing for hot summer days.

Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

I didn’t taste the syrup at all and it added the perfect easy-to-mix-in sweetness that made the whole thing a breeze.

We made a second batch after berry picking this week and can see this becoming our new summer tradition. (Perhaps mixed with some vodka for a happy hour treat?)

Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • juice from 8-10 large lemons (depending on size and how sour you like it)
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups of water


  1. If you have an immersion blender, simply add all of the ingredients to a large pitcher and puree until strawberries are all smooth and totally blended. Add more water or lemons if needed (I used 8 very large lemons and 2 cups water)
  2. If you do't have an immersion blender: Simple pureé the berries in a food processor or blender and add the mixture to a pitcher and stir with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Serve over ice.

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