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Grilled Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Grilled Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

By Traeger Kitchen

Kick up your summer lemonade with bourbon and robust hardwood smoke.

Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time

20 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1 Pint fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed and sliced
1 Cup turbinado sugar, divided
16 lemons, halved
1 Cup granulated sugar, plus more as needed
1/2 Cup honey
2 Sprig mint, plus more for garnish
1 Cup bourbon
fresh strawberry slices, for garnish
lemon slices, for garnish


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 400 °F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C

  • 2

    Toss the sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup turbinado sugar and place them in a foil-lined ovenproof pan in one even layer. Reserve a few fresh strawberries for garnishing at the end.

  • 3

    Roast strawberries for about 10 minutes, or until they soften and start to release their juices. Remove and allow to cool.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C


  • 4

    Meanwhile, dip the lemon halves, cut-side down, in the other 1/2 cup turbinado sugar. Mix together any remaining turbinado sugar plus the granulated sugar in an oven-proof dish along with honey, 2 cups of water and sprigs of mint.

  • 5

    Place lemons on the Traeger, cut-side down, and cook until they're soft and start browning, about 5 to 10 minutes. Also place the sugar, honey and mint on a pan on the grill and let it heat up until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C


  • 6

    Remove from grill and allow the lemons and the simple syrup to cool. Grab a pitcher and squeeze in the lemons through a sieve to catch all the seeds and pulp. Place the cooled strawberries in a blender or use an immersion blender and purée until smooth.

  • 7

    Pour the strawberries into the lemonade pitcher. Add in the simple syrup, bourbon and 3 additional cups of cold water and stir to combine. Taste the lemonade and add more sugar and water as needed.

  • 8

    Add in some ice then pour into glasses. Garnish with lemon slices, strawberry slices and a few mint leaves. Enjoy!

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