Tickled Pink: Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe  

This isn’t your average lemonade.  Sure, the classic sweet and sour character remains at its core, but it’s the herbaceous, peppery basil and ripe, juicy strawberries that takes this strawberry basil lemonade to a whole new level.

I like to use homemade strawberry and vanilla syrup for this recipe.  The fresh strawberries impart a natural flavor to the lemonade with just a hint of fragrant vanilla.  

Unlike most lemonade recipes, you won’t need to make a whole jug of juice either.  It’s super fast and easy to whip up a single glass once you’ve made the syrup in advance.  

Be warned: there is a lot of lemon in this recipe, but you don’t need to be scared of it. The lemonade is tart and refreshing with just enough strawberry sweetness to keep it all in balance. 

This isn’t one for the neighborhood lemonade stand, but a perfect sophisticated aperitif if you are throwing a summer soirée.


  • 2 oz. (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 1.5 medium lemons)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) strawberry and vanilla syrup (see here)
  • 4 large leaves of fresh basil
  • 6 oz. (180 ml) soda water or sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Strawberry or basil leaf to garnish, if desired.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Wide bowled wine glass


  1. Add the lemon juice, strawberry vanilla syrup, and basil leaves to the cocktail shaker.
  2. Use a muddler, or the back end of a wooden spoon, to gently crush the basil leaves to release its aromatics.  Don’t overdo it or the basil will start to smell sour and unpleasant.
  3. Throw a handful of ice into the shaker and shake vigorously until the outside is extremely cold to the touch – about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain into a large stemmed wine glass filled with ice. 
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a strawberry or basil leaf.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade FAQ

Can I use other fruit syrups instead of strawberry vanilla syrup?

Yes, you can use other fruit syrups like raspberry, blackberry, or peach to add a different flavor to the lemonade.

Can I use dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves?

While fresh basil leaves are recommended for this recipe, you can use dried basil in a pinch. Just use a smaller amount and don’t muddle them too much.

Do I need a cocktail shaker to make this drink?

A cocktail shaker is recommended to properly mix and chill the ingredients, but you can also use a large mason jar or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.

Can I substitute soda water with tonic water?

Yes, you can use tonic water instead of soda water, but keep in mind that tonic water has a distinct flavor that may change the taste of the cocktail.

Can I use a different type of glass to serve the cocktail?

Yes, any glass will work as long as it has enough space for the liquid along with a handful of ice.  If you don’t want to use a wine glass, you can use a highball or double rocks glass too.

Can I use a different type of herb instead of basil?

Yes, you can use other herbs like mint, thyme, or rosemary to add a different flavor to the lemonade. Just make sure to adjust the amount of herb used based on the strength of the flavor.

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