Strawberry Lemonade Refresher

This Strawberry Lemonade Refresher is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer afternoon. Made with whole ingredients, this recipe makes a single serving so you can enjoy it alone or scale up!

The weather is getting HOT in New Jersey and it’s time to turn the dial-up on the water. To keep things interesting, I love to play around with fun ways to hydrate! One way I do this is by making my own refreshers at home. When I was in high school, I used to love loading up on the Starbucks Refreshers to “hydrate”. But I have since learned that those are just full of concentrates, syrups and lots of sugar. Instead, I love to make myself this refreshing homemade strawberry refresher on a hot day!

Ingredients for homemade refreshers

Here’s the simple ingredients list for this quick and easy recipe! A short and sweet list with fresh ingredients that can easily be gathered.

  • Fresh Strawberries – we’ll muddle these to release the juices
  • Fresh Lemons – freshly squeezed is always best for drinks
  • Club Soda, Sparkling Water or Water – to dilute the mocktail
  • Sweetener : for just a little bit of sweetness

Should everyone drink 2 litres of water a day?

The simple answer is no. Your water intake depends on a lot of factors :

  1. Your diet: If you’re someone who drinks a lot of coffee or other caffeinated beverages, you lose more water throughout the day due to extra urination. If you eat lots of spicy, salty, and sweet food, your body will need more water as well. 
  2. Activity: As an active person who is always standing, walking, or doing something, you will need to hydrate more to make up for extra water loss.
  3. Environment: Someone living in a dry, hot climate will need more water than someone living in cooler areas. You will also need to hydrate more in the summer as temperatures rise.
  4. Overall Health: If you are suffering from an illness that causes dehydration or medications that do the same, you will need to up your water intake to account for those changes.

All that being said, one thing is for sure. Your body needs more water in the summer than it does in the winter. This is because as it gets hot, our bodies try to cool down by sweating, which causes water loss. 

Tips for success

  • Always roll your lemons. Before cutting the lemon open, roll it on your countertop at least 5 times to get the juices moving inside.
  • Do NOT use cold lemons. It might seem like a good idea to use cold lemons for an ice cold glass of lemon. But you end up getting a lot less bang (or in this case juice) for your buck.
  • If your strawberries are not soft, microwave them for 10 seconds. This will soften them up and make it easier to muddle.
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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Refresher

  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 Drinks 1x


This Strawberry Lemonade Refresher is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer afternoon. Made with whole ingredients, this recipe makes a single serving so you can enjoy it alone or scale up!


  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 34 strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free sweetener (or honey/sugar)
  • 1 cup cold water or club soda
  • Lots of ice


  1. Cut the strawberries into 6 pieces each and add them to a glass with the sweetener and hot water. Use a fork or muddler to mash until it’s basically a paste. Let this sit while you do the next step.
  2. Roll the lemon against a flat surface to get the juices moving inside. Use a sharp knife to cut along the equator. Squeeze the lemons into a cup to collect as much juice as you can. You’re going to want about 3 tbsp per person. If you are doing hand squeezing, make sure to remove the seeds first.
  3. Add the lemon juice to the mashed strawberry and stir well to combine. Add some ice. For a fizzy refresher, top with club soda. For a non fizzy drink, use cold water.
  4. For the garnish, I like to use cut a cross section of the lemon and cut a line from the center to the outside. Place it on the rim of your glass and be sure to take a picture.

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  • Prep Time: 5

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  1. My new go to summer drink! Super easy to make and taste really good!!

  2. Devanshi G says:

    This is staple favorite for me! Love how refreshing it is and healthy as well! Thanks for making such fun recipes.