Lemonade is a very refreshing summer drink, so adding it to cocktails can quench your thirst on a warm day.
You can add lemonade to a variety of different drinks as it complements lots of fruits to create beautiful cocktails that you can make for yourself at home.
Citrus is a very popular flavor for drinks to make them fresh and cool, but what are the best flavor combinations?
Adding lemonade ensures that you can enjoy your favorite tastes combined with a refreshing twist! More cocktails contain lemonade than you think, so find out which ones you can make at home!
This article will help you to discover 23 refreshing lemonade cocktails that you can make at home to see what new drinks you can enjoy relaxing with.
Find out more below to impress your guests at garden parties and gatherings when you make delicious drinks for them all!
23 Refreshing Lemonade Cocktails That You Can Make At Home
1. Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
The combination of sweet blackberries and lemonade contrasting with the whiskey and mint makes this cocktail perfect for relaxing during the evening (for more delicious blackberry cocktails, read here).
If you choose to use frozen blackberries, let them thaw.
Mix the mint, bourbon, and blackberries in your glass to release the juices. Add ice to the glass and pour lemonade over it. Garnish with blackberries and fresh mint before serving.
2. Pink Vodka Lemonade Cocktail
This cocktail is sweet, pink, and deliciously fresh! For a perfectly balanced citrus cocktail, use Malibu rum (see also ‘21 Easy Malibu Cocktails‘), vodka, ice, cranberry juice, lime juice, and lemonade.
Use fresh lemon slices for garnish.
Add all of the ingredients, except for the lemonade and fresh lemon, to a large jug and stir well. Top with lemonade and stir. Garnish the glasses with fresh lemon slices and pour in the cocktail.
3. Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail
Blueberry lemonade cocktails are very refreshing, so one is sure to not be enough! It is important to have blueberry syrup and lemonade in the cocktails to counteract the bitterness of the fresh lemon juice.
Add the syrup, vodka, and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker and shake to mix. Put ice in the glasses and evenly distribute the mixture between them. Pour in the lemonade and stir.
Garnish with fresh lemon slices and frozen blueberries.
4. Purple Haze Cocktail
This cocktail turns a beautiful bright purple color (see also ‘20 Stunning Purple Cocktails‘) from the combination of blue curaçao and grenadine syrup. You will need to mix the cocktail well to make sure that the color is bright and smooth.
Combine vodka, blue curaçao, gin, lime juice, and lemon juice in a large jug. Add ice, grenadine syrup, and lemonade to the jug and continue to stir well.
Fill the glasses with ice, pour in the cocktail mixture, and garnish with lime slices.
5. Kentucky Lemonade
If you want a classic sweet lemonade recipe with a bit of a kick, this recipe will be for you!
Mix the water and sugar on medium heat, simmer, and remove the syrup to cool when the sugar has dissolved.
To the cool pan, add bourbon, lemon juice, and mint before straining the mixture into a jug. Pour in the ginger ale and stir well. Add ice to glasses, garnish with lemon slices, and serve!
6. Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slush
This cocktail is packed with fruit (see also ‘20 Top Banana Cocktails‘) and makes an extremely hot day a lot more bearable.
Fresh strawberries will be needed for this cocktail, as well as lemonade, vodka, ice, sugar, and fresh lemon wedges.
Add all of the ingredients, except for the lemon wedges, to a blender and blend until they are smooth. Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with lemon.
7. Electric Lemonade
Electric lemonade is bright blue and extremely eye-catching, making it a stand-out in a crowded room full of people.
The color comes from the blue curaçao and the citrus flavor is from citrus vodka, lemonade, and lemon juice.
Fill glasses with ice and pour in blue curaçao, sugar syrup, lemon juice, lemonade, citrus vodka, and ice. Stir well until the whole glass turns blue. Garnish with fresh lemon wheels and enjoy!
8. Strawberry And Basil Cocktail
Basil is an extremely refreshing herb that complements strawberry and lemonade very well. To get more flavor from the strawberries, slice them in half so that the juices can come out.
In a cocktail shaker, add ice, strawberry halves, fresh basil, lemonade, and citrus vodka, and shake until it turns cold.
Pour the mixture into glasses filled with ice and garnish with more fresh basil and strawberries.
9. Classic Pimm’s
This is a classic summer recipe that is very refreshing and packed with fresh ingredients.
Traditional fresh fruits to use in Pimm’s are strawberries, oranges, and cucumbers, so using them will add freshness to the drink.
Pour ice into a large jug and then add your sliced fruit and fresh mint. Add Pimm’s to the jug and top with lemonade and ginger ale. Stir well before serving!
10. Sparkling Vodka Peach Lemonade
This cocktail is sweet as it contains sugar syrup, but the sweetness is counteracted by the fresh lemon juice. You can use either lemonade or soda water, but lemonade will provide more flavor.
Slice a cross at the bottom of the peaches and boil them for 30 seconds. Put them in a bowl of ice water to cool down and remove the skins.
Remove the pits, slice the peaches, and blend. Transfer the peaches into a large jug and add sugar syrup, lemon juice, vodka, lemonade, and stir.
Serve over ice and garnish with fresh lemon and peach slices.
11. Lemonade Moscow Mule
The crisp and fresh flavors from this lemonade Moscow mule come from lemonade and ginger beer. You will also need vodka, ice, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, and fresh lemon slices to serve.
In a cocktail shaker, add all of the ingredients and mix them well. Pour the cocktail into glasses over ice and garnish with fresh lemon and mint.
12. Cherry Lemonade Cocktail
For this recipe, you will need to use maraschino cherry syrup, but you can also use fresh cherry syrup if you would prefer. The cocktail also requires lemonade, vodka, ice, and maraschino cherries to garnish.
In ice-filled glasses, pour in the syrup, lemonade, and vodka. Stir well to distribute the flavors. Garnish the cocktails with cherries, serve, and enjoy!
13. Lemonade Mimosa
This is a more refreshing take on a classic mimosa! You will need lemonade as well as champagne to create these beautiful cocktails!
Firstly, dip the rims of the glasses in lemon zest and sugar for more sweetness.
Place a lemon wedge inside each of the glasses and pour in the champagne. Top the glasses with lemonade and serve to your guests!
14. Fizzy Bourbon Lemonade
For bourbon lovers, a refreshing cocktail is very important, so adding lemonade provides you with the sweetness that you need. You will also need ginger ale, fresh mint, lime slices, and lemon slices.
In ice-filled glasses, pour in the bourbon, lemonade, and ginger ale, and stir well. Garnish the cocktails with lime, lemon, and mint before serving.
15. Midori And Watermelon Lemonade
Combine watermelon and lemonade for a cocktail that is perfect for a warm day.
You will need ice, watermelon vodka, lemonade, chunks of watermelon, and Midori melon liqueur to give the cocktail a stronger flavor (see also ‘17 Easy Midori Cocktails For Everyone‘).
Mix the Midori melon liqueur, watermelon vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker and pour into glasses when it is ready. Top the cocktails with lemonade, garnish with fresh watermelon and serve.
16. Pineapple Lemonade
Refreshing and beautifully made, this pineapple lemonade is boozy and fresh!
To make this cocktail, you will need to mix vodka, lemonade, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and fresh lemon slices. Use fresh juices for a stronger flavor.
Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, except for the lemonade, and mix until ready.
Pour the mixture into glasses and top with lemonade. Garnish with fresh lemon slices before serving.
17. Rosé Lemonade
This delicious cocktail requires you to make homemade lemonade which makes it incredibly fresh! Simply boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, add fresh lemon juice, stir, and leave it to refrigerate!
To make the cocktails, add rosé wine to the lemonade and stir well. Pour the mixture into chilled glasses, sit back, and enjoy!
18. Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas
If traditional margaritas are too bitter for you, the blackberries and lemonade will add some sweetness!
To make the blackberry purée, blend the blackberries and strain them to remove the seeds. Add them to a pan, add sugar, and refrigerate.
To make the cocktails, add the blackberry purée, lemonade, lemon juice, and tequila and shake to combine. Strain the cocktail into glasses, garnish with a fresh lemon slice and blackberry, and serve!
19. Blue Lagoon
The deep blue color of this cocktail is incredibly eye-catching from the blue curaçao, but it needs the sweetness from the lemonade. You will also need fresh lemon juice, ice, and lemon slices.
In ice-filled glasses, squeeze in the lemon juice and pour in the blue curaçao.
Pour the lemonade on top and stir all of the ingredients together. Garnish the cocktails with fresh lemon slices and enjoy!
20. Fruit Tingle
This cocktail is extremely striking as it is bright purple and blue, and it tastes very delicious as it is packed full of summer flavors. You will need ice, blue curaçao, raspberry cordial, vodka, and lemonade.
Pour ice into the glasses and then add the blue curaçao, lemonade, and vodka.
Stir well and then add some raspberry cordial on top. Garnish the cocktails with fresh pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.
21. Raspberry Lemonade Fizz
Raspberry lemonade fizz cocktails are perfect brunch cocktails to enjoy with friends over delicious food!
You will need to begin by simmering thawed raspberries into a purée and straining the mixture to remove the seeds.
Add the raspberry purée, ginger ale, and lemonade concentrate to a large jug and stir well. Pour the mixture into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh lemon slices.
22. Grinch Punch
Perfect for the holiday season and inspired by a beloved festive film, this green cocktail is great for getting into the holiday spirit!
In a large jug, you will need to mix lemon and lime Kool-Aid and sugar in water and stir until it has all dissolved.
Add lemonade and pineapple juice to the jug and stir well. Dip the rims of the glasses in red sugar and pour the mixture into the glasses. Top with more lemonade and serve to your guests!
23. Pink Fireball Lemonade
Spiced pink lemonade is perfect for warming you up whilst still having a touch of sweetness to enjoy! You will need Fireball whiskey, lemonade, ice, grenadine, and fresh lemon slices for garnish.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with lemon slices before serving.
To conclude, lemonade creates extremely refreshing cocktails that will suit everybody’s tastes! It complements lots of different flavors, making it very easy to use in cocktails, especially when you are serving guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Use Homemade Or Store-Bought Lemonade?
It depends on your flavor preferences and how confident you are at making homemade lemonade. Both are suitable to use.
What If Lemonade Is Too Sweet?
If you enjoy lemonade but some cocktails contain too much, you can half the amount of lemonade and add soda water.
Can You Use Lemon Juice And Lemonade Together?
You can! This gives the cocktails a strong flavor which people enjoy as it is tasty, refreshing, sharp, and sweet!
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