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The Best Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

A Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe that can be made as is or spiked with Vodka. With ingredients like fresh fruit and herbs, it’s perfect for summer entertaining!

I love entertaining all summer long and this strawberry basil lemonade recipe is the perfect addition to any summertime menu. The basil adds an unexpected note to the usual strawberry lemonade recipe and will make your tastebuds sing! Plus, it just looks more special than a regular old glass of lemonade. I’m all about simple tricks to make you look like the hostess with the mostess with minimum effort. Ha!

One of my go-to entertaining tips is to get as much done as possible before your friends arrive. That way you can really relax rather than work away in the kitchen. Because the best part about entertaining is hanging wit your people!

A Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe that can be made as is or spiked with Vodka. With ingredients like fresh fruit and herbs, it's perfect for summer entertaining!

Strawberry Lemonade with Basil

Pitcher drinks are a great way to do this since they can often be made ahead of time and left to refrigerate. I tend to just add ice once the party is getting started and let my friends help themselves. Summer parties are all about what’s easy for this girl!

Have a station on the counter ready with glasses and cocktail napkins and just set the pitcher, in this case, strawberry basil lemonade, nearby. You’ll find that your guests will love the laid-back atmosphere and you can focus on simply visiting with them!

pitcher and glass of strawberry basil lemondade

Right now my basil is growing like crazy. I simply can’t keep up with it! So, I’m always looking for new ways to use it in my recipes. The added basil in this strawberry lemonade recipe makes for a pleasant surprise and really expresses the tastes of the season.

The best part about this drink is that you can make the lemonade as is, or add about a cup of vodka to spike it for the grown-ups. How refreshing! Plus, it’s just so pretty! In fact, I do believe I’ll be experiencing with other flavors too. Watermelon basil perhaps? Mmmmm!

Glass of Strawberry Basil Lemonade garnished with strawberries and basil on a red and white table cloth

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Printable Recipe

Yield: 1 pitcher

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Glass of Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Stir up a pitcher of strawberry basil lemonade for your next gathering!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can frozen pink lemonade
  • 8-10 strawberries, washed, stems removed and sliced
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)


  1. Make the can of frozen pink lemonade according to the directions in a pitcher.
  2. Add the vodka if choosing the spiked option.
  3. Add the berries and basil. Refrigerate until ready to serve and add ice to the level desired. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

Garnish your Lemonade

For a garnish, you might want to have a few small leaves and strawberry slices ready in a small bowl to top each glass with. Guests will be wowed and will never suspect that this drink truly takes no time at all. Seriously…You’ll be shocked at how quickly you can whip this summer drink up!

All that’s left is to enjoy!

So, this strawberry basil lemonade is what’s on my spring and summertime cocktail menu. What about you? I’m starting to think I may just need a pitcher of it in the fridge at all times! Hey, any summer day can be strawberry basil lemonade worthy. Who needs a special occasion?

And just in case you love throwing spring and summer soirees as much as I do, we shared some more of our favorite summer party worthy cocktails below! 

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  1. I love this combination of flavor for your refreshing drink. Hope you are having a fantastic day and we are so excited that you shared your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Thanks so much and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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