Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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Blend fresh sweet strawberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup and serve up a deliciously refreshing Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. It is the perfect way to cool off on a warm summer afternoon.Β 


Somehow, with the kids out for summer break we seem busier then before. I mentioned before that my husband is retiring soon. He has been at the Air Force Academy for two years where he has taught Academy students how to fly. I’ve been busy planning for his final flight at the USAF Academy and of his military career.

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A final flight or fini flight is a time-honored military tradition marking the last flight of a pilot’s time with a squadron.

It is a pretty fun experience. Airfields are very secure and no one aside from the pilots are allowed near the airplanes, hangers, or the runway. But, for this occasion, the family is invited to come out to the airfield and join in on the celebration.

The kids and I arrived early to set up for the party. Then, just as we finish setting up the food the air controller in the tower makes an announcement that my husband’s airplane is in the pattern about to land.

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The kids and I hurry toward the tarmac. Apparently, from the pattern to landing happens quickly. We missed seeing him land! By the time we stepped outside, he was taxiing in toward the hangers.

Our kids have always been too young to remember any of his previous fini flights, so this was kind of like the first time they ever got to see him in an airplane.

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Thankfully, the taxi way is pretty short at the academy, so we didn’t have to wait too long.

A long time ago before there were strict water rations, fire trucks would give a water salute. This is where they would spray a huge arch for the pilot to taxi through after they have landed.Β Today the water is on a smaller scale… much smaller! The pilots’ hand out 50lb pressurized tanks with water for the salute.Β Once he shuts down the airplane, we and all his fellow pilots are ready to spray him down with water.

The other pilots gave my son and daughter a tank to spray down their dad. As they handed the tanks to the kids they said what ever you do, don’t let him take them from you!

Fini Flight

Well, as you can see he fought the pressurized water and commandeered the tank from my son. Everyone is laughing! Now that Dad has taken over the tank, the kids and everyone else around get sprayed. It’s like a grown-up water fight. πŸ˜€

It was a great celebration of many years of service! For now, the job hunt continues as my husband begins his terminal leave (aka paid vacation). Good news is he has a couple of job offers flying, but is still looking for his dream job.

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Life is good! Now we are all home for summer with no work or school, sitting on the deck drinking Strawberry Lemonade πŸ˜€

I’ve gone crazy buying strawberries and need to use them before they get sad. So, I blended up strawberries, lemon juice, and a little simple syrup for a delicious and refreshing Fresh Strawberry Lemonade.

Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants and they are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, folate, and fiber.

This Fresh Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect way to cool off on a warm afternoon.

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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
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Serves: 8
Simple Syrup
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
For Lemonade
  • 16 oz fresh strawberries
  • ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
For Simple Syrup
  1. Add ⅓ cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally.
For Lemonade
  1. Blend strawberries in a blender with 2 cups of water.
  2. Pour into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice to pitcher.
  3. Add 1 cup of water and simple syrup.
  4. Stir to blend.

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  1. I hope your husband finds his dream job!

    • Thanks Tandy πŸ˜€ I hope so too. We know so many military people who have hopped from job to job trying to find something they are happy doing. The whole process is exhausting so it would be nice not to have to go through this again. Have a great day!

  2. It is like you read my mind! I was just thinking how good strawberry lemonade would be! I love that your version doesn’t call for a crazy amount of sugar, Most other recipes call for several cups and I just can’t do that. I don’t want to drink all my calories! :) Making this soon!

    • You have no idea how happy that makes me to hear you say you like that it is low sugar. I don’t like anything too sweet and I definitely want to enjoy a drink without loading up on calories. Plus, since strawberries are in season they are plenty sweet by themselves. I always hope that others would feel the same. So, Thank you πŸ˜€

  3. What a refreshing and tasty drink for the hot days of summer.

    Congrats to your husband on his retirement.

    • Thank you, Pam. It seems the weather has definitely changed and we are much warmer then before. Cool refreshing drinks are a must. πŸ˜€

  4. Congrats to your husband! What an amazing celebration that must have been! And this strawberry lemonade… I want a glass right this second. It’s exactly what I want to drink in this hot weather right now!

    • Thanks Chris πŸ˜€ It was a lot of fun. We’re excited to see what comes next.
      This strawberry lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day πŸ˜€

  5. I love the colors in this drink! Yum! Now your hubby can enjoy endless glasses of this while relaxing :)

  6. How much fun! What a wonderful way to end his time there. And this drink looks beautiful and refreshing. Perfect for summer!

    • It was a lot of fun Monet. We are looking forward to the next step. This drink is delicious! We love sitting outside enjoying this beautiful Colorado weather, sipping drinks πŸ˜€

  7. What a sweet post! And a special celebration for your family. Best of luck with what lies ahead! This lemonade sounds perfect to me – I love how it’s not loaded up with sugar, too!

    • Thanks Alyssa, I appreciate your good wishes πŸ˜€ You know just as much as I do that change can be hectic.
      I hope you enjoy this strawberry lemonade!

  8. What a great picture there with your kids and husband…and the water tanks! Congrats to your husband on his retirement; I hope he lands his dream job! : ) This lemonade looks so refreshing. At our farmer’s market, there is a lemonade stand that makes various flavored ones and they always have a line a mile long. I need to try it at home.

    • Thank you Monica πŸ˜€ They were having a lot of fun spraying each other.
      Sounds like those lemonades are a hit. What kind of flavors do they have? I was at whole foods and they had blueberry and raspberry lemonades for tasting there.

      • They infuse them with a whole bunch of flavors – you can pick fresh strawberries, watermelon, mango, cucumber, etc. Of course, *my* son just wants it plain…he’s like me (bland?). : )

  9. What a wonderful blog, I too am obsessed with all things related to health and nutrition.

    I can’t believe 8 ounces of your strawberry lemonade only has 54 calories, whoa! I think I’ll have that second glass, poolside of course =)

    Congrats on your husbands retirement….for now until he finds another aviation job. Thanks for swinging by my blog and introducing me to yours!!

    • Thank you! It’s the sugar that adds those calories in most drinks. 1 cup of strawberries by itself is only 46 calories. I definitely don’t feel guilty having a couple of glasses.

  10. Thank you for sharing that wonderful experience, Cindy — it brought a tear to my eye. I can get quite sentimental about “the end of an era”, and I wish all of you the best for whatever the future holds. Your kids look like they’re having a great time at the airway, too! This lemonade looks like something I need to make soon — my kids would go crazy over it! Pinning. :)

    • I too get sentimental and have been spending a lot of time reminiscing Marcie. I keep saying it is bittersweet. My husband is anxious to start something new. I don’t know how he’ll manage without working for a couple of months. He doesn’t sit idle very well. Haha
      I hope you love this lemonade as much as we do. Thanks for Pinning!

  11. caileejoy says:

    This looks amazing! Talk about a refreshing treat for a warm day! YUM! :)

    • Thanks! I love how bright red this lemonade is. Every time I see it I can’t help but to pour another glass πŸ˜€

  12. What a great celebration. Congrats to your husband. This lemonade – so refreshing and I love the photos of the fruit. Beautiful.

  13. How funny I bought raspberries and lemons this week thinking I might try to make a lemonade with them. I love this recipe, so simple! Congrats to your husband too, I’m sure he’s excited for some time off work.

  14. realfoodbydad says:

    The perfect summer drink, love this!

  15. Congratulations to your husband! Sounds like you all had a great time! And I’m sure you celebrated with this strawberry lemonade. This looks so delicious! Perfect for the summer!

    • It was a lot of fun. He’s definitely ready for a new adventure. I love this strawberry lemonade it is not too sweet and perfectly refreshing.

  16. YUM! This lemonade sounds delicious! My kids love to order flavored lemonades when we go out to eat, but now we can have it at home! And – the recipe is simple! Bonus for mom!! :)
    Congratulations to your husband!! How exciting that you got to be there!!! Hopefully that dream job is just around the corner! (My cousin’s husband is in the Air Force – he’s stationed at Fort Dix, NJ right now – but they’ve lived all over!) Again – congratulations!!!!

    • Gretchen, my daughter loves to order flavored lemonades too. It just kills me how expensive a lemonade can be at a restaurant. This recipe is so simple and inexpensive that she can drink until her heart is content. πŸ˜€
      You do move a lot with the military, so I can imagine they have been to some great places. We’ve enjoyed it and are excited for the next phase of our lives!

  17. What a gorgeous drink to beat the heat! And a big congratulations to your husband as he enters the next phase of his career…hope he finds something he loves!

  18. Yesterday we spend a few hours at the pool, came home grilled up some burgers and all I wanted was a strawberry lemonade. This one is perfect. I can’t wait to try you recipe Cindy.
    What a great way for your kids to celebrate with your hubby. :)

    • At the pool?! I’m so jealous! Where do you live? Here the water is freezing cold. A few hours at the pool sounds wonderful. I hope you like this recipe πŸ˜€ Thanks Kathy!

  19. What a wonderful story and such a significant event! Congratulations to your hubby on his retirement, and what a great (and exciting) new time for you and your family. Embrace it! And, I think celebrating with this Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect idea to start this new chapter in your life! Enjoy!

    • Thanks Kristi! I’m thinking it is going to be a great summer. A couple of months of vacation will be wonderful. Now, we need to plan what to do with all this time πŸ˜€

  20. Awww, it looks like you all had a wonderful celebration! Good luck to him on the job hunt. I’ll take a pitcher of this strawberry lemonade. It is one of my favorite refreshing summertime drinks!

    • Mine too, Ashley! I just love how easy this is to make. This will cure any strawberry lemonade craving quickly πŸ˜€

  21. What a fun story, Cindy! My wife and I just recently flew a commercial flight with a pilot who was making his last flight after years flying military and commercial flights. That time, we did get the arc of water over the plane…pretty awesome stuff! I think your hubby’s dream job should be food taster for the blog. It’s a serious job! Congrats to your husband and family…this looked like a lot of fun!

    • Really?! That is awesome! I’ve only seen it once, but that was years ago. My brother was an air traffic controller and said they would see it all the time.
      I’m not gonna let my husband see you said that he should be a taster. He’ll never get a job. Haha Thanks David πŸ˜€

  22. What a fantastic story! That’s so great that you all got to experience that as a family -and who doesn’t love a water fight?! They’re the best! I wouldn’t mind sipping away on some of this strawberry lemonade over the next couple of months. My local strawberries should be starting within the next couple of weeks so I will definitely make this! It also looks like the perfect party beverage and I’m compiling a few drink recipes for a bday party I’m hosting next month. Will definitely keep this one in mind. Yum!!!!

    • Thanks Allison! It was a very special day. My kids are still laughing about the water fight. My son said he got water sprayed in his ear. Said he felt like he’d gone swimming. Haha
      This strawberry lemonade would be perfect for a party. You can whip up a big batch so easily πŸ˜€

  23. Strawberry lemonade has been on my must-make list for awhile and I think you just convinced me! This lemonade looks so cold and refreshing. Perfect summer thirst-quencher! :) Pinned!

    • I haven’t made lemonade since last summer. It is nice to have it around when it so hot. Thanks for Pinning, Sarah!

  24. Congratulations to your husband!
    I’ve been looking through Pinterest for a good homemade lemonade recipe for my wedding in October (I want to make a large amount and distribute it into single-serving-sized mason jars for people to drink) and now thanks to you I just found the recipe I’m going to use! This looks so good, Cindy! Pinning, for sure! :)

    • Aww, that sounds awesome. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Planning is so much fun πŸ˜€
      Thanks for pinning!

  25. It’s getting hot here so this glass of lemonade would be perfect for a afternoon treat! It looks delicious! PS. Totally loved your story too!

  26. Aw, Cindy, what precious times! I can’t believe you missed your husband landing though! At least you got to have that cool ‘water fight’ though afterwards.
    I really wish you and your husband and family all the very best as you enter this exciting new phase. And I can’t think of a lovelier ‘family’ drink for you all to celebrate with!

    • Ugh, I know Helen. I rushed around all morning trying to get everything ready and still missed it. Thanks for your well wishes πŸ˜€

  27. Congrats to your husband! I hope he can find his dream job! And this drink looks amazing. I like that you didn’t add a crazy amount of sugar. Pinning πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Olivia πŸ˜€ Those fresh berries add their own natural sugars to sweeten this lemonade perfectly. Thanks for pinning.

  28. Aaw, congrats to your husband! What an amazing celebration, sorry you missed your husband land but the water fight sounds like so much fun :) Good luck and I hope your husband finds his dream job :) This strawberry lemonade looks so beautiful and refreshing! A pitcher of this sounds perfect to keep handy during these hot summer months :)

    • Thank you Kelly! It was a super fun day πŸ˜€ I’ve got a fresh pitcher in the refrigerator right now. Definitely handy for hot days.

  29. This a perfect summer drink! Congrats to your hubby! :)


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