Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

Mix up a cool, refreshing beverage anytime with this easy concentrate from Cynthia Graubart’s Strawberry Love.

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Make the most of fresh summer strawberries with this simple recipe for a sweet, tart, and delicious strawberry lemon-limeade. Once you make and chill the concentrate, it only takes minutes to stir up a pitcher of strawberry lemon-limeade for a picnic, barbecue, or day at the lake. Just use one part concentrate to three parts water and serve over ice. This recipe makes 3 cups concentrate.


  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 cups sugar
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice, for serving
  • Whole fresh strawberries and sliced lemons and limes, for garnish


  1. Combine the halved strawberries, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Place a metal sieve over a bowl. Strain the strawberry mixture through the sieve, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to release all the juice. Discard the solids. Transfer the strained concentrate to a jar or container and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, mix one part concentrate with three parts water. Serve over ice, garnished with strawberries and lemon and lime slices.

Excerpted and adapted from Strawberry Love © by Cynthia Graubart.

Cynthia Graubart

Cynthia Graubart

About the Author

Cynthia Graubart is a James Beard Award–winning cookbook author, a cooking teacher, and a culinary television producer whose books include Zucchini Love, Strawberry Love, and Blueberry Love. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and Southern Living. Graubart has appeared on Fox & Friends and Hallmark’s Home & Family Show. A champion of family mealtime, she shares her passion for her home state of Georgia and its bountiful produce and products across many platforms. She can be found online at

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