This Copycat Wendy’s Strawberry Lemonade is perfect for summer. It is an easy and delicious drink you can make at home!
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My kids and I really enjoyed the strawberry lemonade from Wendy’s last time we grabbed lunch there. It is super refreshing and one of my new favorite lemonades. I knew I had to make a copycat recipe for it once I tried it.
Looking for more summer copycat recipes? This copycat Panera agave lemonade, copycat Wendy’s chili in the crockpot, or this copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol are all great recipes to make during the hot summer months!
💛 Why you’ll love this recipe
This copycat lemonade is so easy to replicate at home. You just need a few ingredients.
🍋 Ingredients needed
For this recipe, you will need:
- Filtered water
- Lemons: You will need 4 to 6 large lemons.
- Seedless strawberry jam: If you’ve ever had a strawberry lemonade from Wendy’s you’ll notice that there are no actual strawberries in it. They use a commercial strawberry puree but strawberry jam will give you almost exactly the same results and you can find it in your local grocery store.
- Citric acid: This gives the lemonade a stronger flavor and a little sour/tang like the kind at Wendy’s. Make sure you use food grade citric acid. I was able to find mine at the bulk bin at my local grocery store but Amazon also carries it.
⏲️ Recipe instructions (step by step guide)
Begin by placing the sugar and water into a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and whisk together until completely dissolved. Stir in the strawberry jam and also whisk until dissolved (image 1).
Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Juice one cup of juice from your lemons (image 2).
Combine everything in a pitcher with ¼ of a teaspoon of citric acid and 3 cups of cold water (image 3). Mix with a large spatula and serve chilled. You can add more water or lemon juice to taste, if needed.
- Use seedless strawberry jam for the best results.
🥡 How to store leftovers
This lemonade should be stored in your refrigerator. It will be good for up to four days after making.
💭 Recipe FAQs
This copycat recipe uses filtered water, lemons, citric acid, seedless strawberry jam, and sugar. The real version uses a concentrate, commercially made strawberry puree, and water.
Yes, there is a little pulp from the concentrate they use.
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Copycat Wendy’s Strawberry Lemonade
- sauce pan or small pot
For the syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
For the lemonade
- ¼ teaspoon citric acid *
- 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed (about 4 to 6 large lemons)
- 3 cups cold water
For the syrup
- Begin by placing the sugar and water into a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and whisk together until completely dissolved. Stir in the strawberry jam and also whisk until dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Juice one cup of juice from your lemons.
To make the lemonade
- Combine everything in a pitcher with ¼ of a teaspoon of citric acid and 3 cups of cold water. Mix with a large spatula and serve chilled. You can add more water or lemon juice to taste, if needed.