Fresh Strawberry Lemonade by the Glass

It’s July 5, and Seattleites like myself know what that means: summer is finally here! Sure enough, the sun showed its ever-so-scarce face yesterday and, according to the forecast, might just stick around for awhile. Woo hoo!

So I thought I’d bid adieu to “June-uary” and usher in the official Seattle summer with a glass of the ideal easy summer sipper: strawberry lemonade.

But not just any strawberry lemonade. This is strawberry lemonade by the glass. Because, frankly, I don’t know about you, but when it comes to strawberry lemonade, I have no self control. The combination of fresh, tart lemon and sweet strawberries is pure kismet, but the calories from one heavenly glass are all I need at any one time.

So, like fresh-squeezed lemonade by the glass, I make this one glass at a time. Many strawberry lemonade recipes call for pureeing the strawberries and while that results in a wonderful glass of lemonade and I’d do that myself if I was serving a crowd, I prefer to do this one quick and dirty with simply a fork and a glass. Plus, I kind of like the chunky, rustic thing going on when I make it this way.

Happy summer!

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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade by the Glass

Refreshing, rosy homemade strawberry lemonade made with fresh-picked strawberries and juicy lemons ... one sweet glass at a time.

Yield: 1 drink

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 - 3 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • Ice


  1. In a 16-ounce or larger glass, place the strawberries and the sugar. Mash the berries against the side of the glass with a fork until they're smashed and juicy.
  2. Stir in the hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice and the cold water.
  4. Fill to the top with ice and serve.

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7 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Lemonade by the Glass”

  1. Riley posted on July 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful, they look like a painting. The lemonade looks super refreshing!

    • Kare posted on July 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Thank you so much, Riley!

  2. Kelly posted on July 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hello Kare, I made your lemonade today and blogged about it! So great, thanks for postingg.!/2012/07/cooling-down.html

  3. Gabby posted on May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Made this today. Just what I was looking for to sit out back in the sun with. Thank you!

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

      That sounds heavenly. I am SO excited for summer! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  5. Emily posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    LOVE THIS!!! I did add a little more sugar than you but I love this recipe!!

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