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5 Lemonade Cocktails


When life gives you lemons, it's cocktail time. We have five quick and simple recipes to help you whip up easy-sipping refreshers with whatever alcohol you have on hand. (Wrap around porch and rocking chair not included.)

As cocktail folks, we know it's all about the base. To get you started here's our recipe for the perfect homemade lemonade:

Lemonade

Yields 6-8 servings
Ingredients


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon cold water

    Directions

    In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine the 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water to make a simple syrup. As it cooks zest some of the lemon rind from the whole lemon into the sauce pan. After 3-5 minutes (once sugar is completely dissolved) remove from the heat and let cool.

    In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, fresh, lemon juice, and gallon of cold water over ice. Slice the whole lemon in thin rounds and add to the pitcher.

    Now you're ready to mix things up…

  • Lemonade + Beer =  Shandy

    Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Hefeweizen Beer (We used Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier)
  • 6 oz Lemonade

    Directions

    Combine beer and lemonade in a pint glass.

  • Lemonade Spritzer

    Ingredients:

  • 3-4 oz White Wine (Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner)
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • 1 oz Lemonade

    Directions

  • Fill a wine glass 1/4 of the way with ice cubes.
  • Pour white wine, soda, lemonade.
  • Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge.

  • Honey Bourbon Lemonade

    Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Honey Bourbon
    (We used Wild Turkey American Honey but you can use a bourbon of your choice)
  • 4-6 oz Lemonade
  • 1 sprig Fresh Mint

    Directions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add honey bourbon and lemonade.
  • Shake 5-10 seconds and pour into a highball glass with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with fresh mint.

  • South of the Border Lemonade

    Ingredients:

  • 1 1/5 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz Lemonade
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

    Directions

  • Combine tequila and lemonade in cocktail shaker over ice.
  • Shake until cold and pour into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Sprinkle pinch of sea salt on top. Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge.

  • Frozen Vodka Lemonade

    Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 6 Lemonade ice cubes

    Directions

  • Use some of your fresh lemonade to make ice cubes in advance.
  • Combine ice cubes and vodka in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding regular lemonade if needed to dilute the consistency.