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Strawberry water is a deliciously hydrating drink with the essence of the red berry! Make a big pitcher and wow everyone.

Strawberry water

We love healthy drinks around here, like infused waters and herbal teas. Here’s a new-to-us beverage that quickly rose to favorite status: Strawberry Water! This delicious flavored water has the essence of that red berry and my, is it refreshing! Make a big pitcher and you can sip off of it for days: or it’s perfect for summer entertaining. If you like, add a splash of sparkling water and drink it as a low calorie alternative to soda. Our 4 year old couldn’t get enough of it (neither could we).

Ingredients in strawberry water

Ready to get started? You’ll need just 3 ingredients for strawberry water, besides good old H20. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries (you could also use frozen thawed berries)
  • Lime
  • Sugar

The best method: aqua fresca, not infused!

Here’s the thing: strawberry water does not work as an infused water. The concept for this strawberry water is more like an aqua fresca. Here’s why:

  • An infused water lets fruit sit in water for 1 or more hours. But Let sliced strawberries sit in water for over 1 hour, and they start to disintegrate. This looks unappealing and doesn’t add much flavor. (Trust us, we tried it!)
  • An aqua fresca blends water with fruit. This works much better with berries: it comes out with a bright color and more of the berry flavor. The typical aqua fresca is sweetened quite a bit, so for this strawberry water we cut back the sugar so it’s barely sweet.
Strawberry water

How to make strawberry water: basic steps

How to make strawberry water? Blend berries first before adding cold water. The results in a beautifully bright pink water that’s just barely sweetened. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Blend the strawberries with 1 cup water, lime juice and sugar. You can adjust the lime and sugar to taste. The sweetener is very minimal, but it’s nice to have otherwise it turns out very tart.
  • Add the remaining cold water. You can drink immediately, or store for up to 3 days!

Alternative sweeteners

This strawberry water is best with a little sweetness, otherwise it tastes very tart and flat. Sugar is to fruit as salt is to vegetables: it brings out the essence of the flavors! If you prefer not to use sugar, use an equal amount of one of the following:

  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Agave nectar
  • Coconut sugar
Strawberry water recipe

Add a splash of sparkling water if you like

This strawberry water is fantastic on its own! You’ll notice that the flavor mellows over time, if you store it over a few days. We made a big pitcher and then used it as a fun drink replacement for soda.

It’s fantastic topped off with a little sparkling water – it almost tastes like a mocktail! This homemade strawberry soda is the sweetened version of this, but we like the water version better.

More strawberry drinks

Strawberry drinks are king in the summer! Here are a few more tasty beverages made with strawberries:

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Strawberry water

Strawberry Water

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, to taste (or honey, maple syrup or agave nectar)
  • 7 cups (64 ounces) cold water, divided
  • Sparkling water, to serve (optional)


  1. Clean the berries. Place the strawberries in a blender with strawberries with 1 cup water, the lime juice and sugar and blend on high until fully combined.
  2. Add the remaining 6 cups cold water. Taste and adjust sugar or lime juice as needed (the flavor mellows over time). Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. If desired, serve topped off with sparkling water.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Strawberry water

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I tried aqua fresca for the first time in Cabo San Lucas. Loved it! I’ve tried melon water at home and it’s so good. I’d love to try this one too. I’m assuming this can be made with frozen strawberries as well. Or do you think that would impact the flavor?

  2. It was acc super nice defo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ it’s acc that good! X

    1. We would not recommend freezing strawberry water (it’s meant to be consumed close to serving then refrigerated). But it would likely work!

  3. Hello, I’d want to ask whether we might use your recipes for a school project. Please don’t worry, we’ll give you and the website credit. Thank you for your time!