Sonic Strawberry Lemonade

If you have a constant craving for Sonic’s Strawberry Lemonade, then this recipe is perfect for you. It’s not your ordinary lemonade but a delightful twist on the classic, as it contains strawberry syrup made with fresh fruit. With just a few ingredients, you can enjoy this deliciously fruity and tart drink anytime you want.

homemade Sonic Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses.

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Lemonade with homemade strawberry syrup

I personally love homemade lemonade. What can make a lemonade better? Strawberry syrup.

I can show you how to make a delicious strawberry syrup with real fresh strawberries. The homemade strawberry syrup has no artificial colors.

What makes strawberry lemonade the perfect thirst quencher

On a hot day, nothing is as satisfying as enjoying a cool and refreshing strawberry-infused lemonade. It’s the kind of beverage that makes your taste buds dance with every sip.

This homemade version of Sonic strawberry lemonade uses fresh ingredients, giving it a vibrant and invigorating taste. My sweet syrup recipe, made with fresh fruit, guarantees an authentic taste.

The combination of sweet strawberries and tart lemonade is truly unforgettable. It’s the perfect drink to take with you on the go, whether you’re headed to a BBQ, the beach, or just enjoying it in your own backyard.

Why you’ll love this recipe

You’ll certainly appreciate that this strawberry lemonade contains syrup with no artificial flavors or preservatives! All you need are fresh strawberries, sugar, and water to make it. 

This strawberry lemonade recipe yields 10 servings, making it perfect for a small gathering, but it’s easy to adjust the amounts if you’re hosting more people. To make it even more appealing, you can serve it in a pitcher with ice, floating strawberries, and lemon wedges.

What’s great about this recipe is how simple it is to make the syrup. There’s no need for fancy appliances; you don’t have to go through the hassle of pureeing the strawberries with a food processor and straining out the seeds. It is super easy!

Recipe ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemonade
  • Ice

If you don’t want to use sugar, you could experiment with another type of sweetener.

Sonic strawberry lemonade ingredients.

How to make Sonic strawberry lemonade at home

My strawberry lemonade tastes just like the one from Sonic. Here’s how I make it. And, of course, you can print out the recipe from the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup with Fresh Strawberries

My fresh strawberry syrup is made very simply. Here are the recipe steps:

  1. Strawberries are washed, hulled, quartered, and then simmered in hot water.
  2. The solids are removed from the beautifully flavored water.
  3. The strawberry-infused water is then sweetened with sugar.

Homemade strawberry soda syrup can be used to make a Sonic Strawberry Limeade, spruce up a Mimosa, or simply add it to Champagne.

photo collage of steps to make strawberry syrup.

Add Strawberry Syrup to Lemonade

After you have your syrup, here are the steps to make strawberry lemonade:

  1. Put some strawberry syrup in a glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Add lemonade.
  4. Stir and then enjoy this refreshing drink.

If you want to turn this into a slush simply blend everything in a blender.

photo collage of steps to make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade.

Yum! This is a perfect summer drink and the combination can’t be beaten!

As you can see, it’s really easy to make a wonderfully flavored strawberry syrup with natural ingredients, and the possibilities are unlimited.

two glasses of homemade Sonic strawberry lemonade, a strawberry, and lemons.

What kind of strawberries does Sonic use?

You know when you drink the strawberry lemonade or limeade and the strawberries are so mushy you can almost drink them through the straw?

This is probably because they create their own syrup and keep some smashed strawberries in the syrup with it. I discarded the strawberries after making my syrup. But you can keep them in there if you want.

What to serve with this Sonic copycat strawberry lemonade

This is the perfect light and fruity beverage to enjoy alongside your favorite meal! Whether you want to eat it with a copycat Sonic ultimate meat cheese burrito or a Sonic Frito chili cheese wrap, it will surely hit the spot.

But it pairs with all sorts of foods, ranging from salads to burgers to sandwiches, so there’s really no limit to what you can pair it with!

How to store the strawberry syrup and drink

Be sure to store the strawberry syrup in the refrigerator. It will last for about 10 days. Keep it in a sealed container of some sort.

If you mix the drink entirely, you can also store it in the refrigerator, and I recommend enjoying it within a few days for the freshest quality. Remove any ice that you might’ve added so that it doesn’t get watered down during storage.

two glasses of homemade Sonic strawberry lemonade, fresh strawberries and lemons.

I hope you give this drink a try! This is a family favorite at my house, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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homemade Sonic Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses.

Sonic Strawberry Lemonade

You can make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sonic Strawberry Lemonade
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 35kcal


Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Drink Recipe

  • 1/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 strawberry for garnish


Strawberry Syrup

  • Wash and hull your strawberries.
  • Cut strawberries into quarters. Place strawberries into a pot and add 32 ounces of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain liquid, discard the strawberries.
  • Add sugar, and cook for 5 additional minutes. Skim off any impurities on the top of the syrup.
  • Pour into a container, and allow to cool. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Strawberry Lemonade Drink

  • Place 1/4 cup strawberry syrup in a glass. Add ice and 1 cup of your favorite lemonade.
  • Garnish with a strawberry if desired.



Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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