Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

What? Memorial Day weekend? Where did you come from?! I only just remembered you were coming yesterday. I am not prepared for grilling out goodness and fun in the sun.

Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, I think Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer for most people. Summer means grilling out, hanging with friends and family, and yummy summer drinks.

Lemonade screams summer to me. I remember having lemonade stands when I was younger. When I was little, we lived on a small cul-de-sac and so I think I only got like 3 customers. But, whatever, I took that 50 cents I made and probably bought some candy. Put that money to good use!

This sparkling strawberry lemonade is refreshing and is a nice twist to plain ol’ lemonade. The only thing I might do different next time is add more strawberry as the flavor was pretty subtle. But, still delicious! You can sweeten this lemonade in two ways. The first way is to use some simple syrup which is made with water and sugar. The other way is to use agave nectar. If you want to make this more grown-up, swap the water for some sparkling wine! Yay summer!

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • simple syrup or agave nectar syrup to taste
  • 5 cups sparkling water or wine (you can also use plain water)


  1. Place the hulled strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth. To remove the seeds, place a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and pour the mixture into the strainer. I poured mine though in a few batches and stirred each batch with a spoon to speed up the process. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the pitcher.
  3. Stir in the sweetener of your choice.*
  4. Pour in the sparkling water or wine and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and strawberries.

For the sweeteners:

  1. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a sauce pan. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water. For the lemonade, you probably won't need more than a 1/2 cup sugar unless you want the lemonade to be really sweet.
  2. To make the agave nectar syrup, combine about 1/2 cup with about 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan. Heat until the agave nectar dissolves in the water. Remove from the heat and add as much as you'd like.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade



  1. I am getting excited about the long weekend! However I do wish it was a little cooler. It is not even & am here and you can cut the humidity with a knife!
    No doubt there will be a need for lots of refreshments and this looks like a winner. I am interested in trying the agave, never used or tasted it before. Stunning photos!

    • I agree with you on that one, Tina. It is SO hot and humid here in FL. Even with this drink, it’s too yucky to be outside!
      Agave nectar is great! Similar to honey, but it’s sweeter, so you don’t have to use as much!

  2. You have summed up very nicely, I think we all feel that ‘Lemonade does screams summer to us!”

    Though I am not great with preparing things to eat and drink.. but this drink really sounds very interesting and easy to make :)!

  3. wow. Nice drinks. I will surely try this at home. Thanks for sharing this

  4. Talk about the perfect drink for the season and I just love the pretty napkin underneath Stephanie! Gorgeous photos too.

  5. This drink looks gorgeous. I love strawberry lemonade. I love the idea of adding sparkling wine. Yum!

  6. This looks so refreshing! And it’s exactly what I need. It’s been so hot here in LA!

  7. I can’t wait for the long weekend too… I can’t wait to bbq! : ) This sounds like a a great drink to kick off the festivities! Have a wonderful weekend and holiday. :)

  8. Cant wait either for the long weekend to start..
    But trust me This refreshing lemonade is what I can have right now..
    SO good!!

  9. I love sparkling strawberry lemonade and yours looks so cool and refreshing, Stephanie! Wonderful drink for sitting on the back porch and watching the sunset.

  10. So fun and festive! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. YUM! looks deelish and so refreshing!

  12. this is gorgeous!!! i love that it’s got sparkles in it. anything that has sparkles just kicks up the drink classiness a notch! i will definitely be trying this soon :)

  13. This looks so beautiful – ordinary lemonade is just SO out :D

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  14. Oh Stephanie this is SOOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!!!

  15. Perfect hot weather drink…looks both yummy and refreshing~

  16. I cannot believe it is almost June. This drink looks so refreshing…and pretty too. I love pretty drinks!

  17. Another chance to bond with family and friends…I am excited to refresh everyone with this delicious mix. Thanks!

  18. This year is definitely FLYING by! We just had our Canadian May Long Weekend last weekend, and I was in shock…glad it wasn’t just me :) This looks perfect and refreshing for summer!

  19. This totally screams summer! Hope you have a fabulous and relaxing weekend. :)

  20. Yay for memorial Day! What a lovely refreshing drink.

  21. These drinks look soooo refreshing and good. And I’m totally into them because I actually love lemons. :) Your photos are just gorgeous too!

  22. I totally agree with you, lemonade is the epitome of summer in my opinion!

  23. Looks tasty and refreshing. I totally vote for the sparkling wine. Happy holiday weekend!

  24. Mmmm….I love sparking cocktails!! This looks so pretty and tasty :)

  25. Sparkling water is my drink of choice. I love this as a healthy twist to add some flavor! And it’s so pretty without having to use artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners. Hope you have a nice holiday weekend!

  26. It’s going to be 90 degrees here today – this looks like the perfect refreshing drink!

  27. Lovely color and refreshing, specially for here in Florida.
    Looks great!!!

  28. This looks really fabulous. So refreshing.

  29. I LOVE the idea of a sparkling lemonade! That sounds so deliciously refreshing. I seriously need some of this.

  30. Tasty! These sound great for an evening treat! I’ve been on a strawberry lemonade kick and these sound off the hook!

  31. I just made some mint strawberry lemonade a couple weeks back. Isnt it the most refreshing drink ever?? I need to make more! YUM

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