8 Delicious Lemonade Cocktails To Cool Off This Summer

8 Delicious Lemonade Cocktails To Cool Off This Summer


I don’t know about you, but recently, I can’t keep myself from standing over the vents in my house while the cold air conditioning makes its way through… that, along with pointing a fan directly at my face.

The weather has been nearly unbearably hot, but I like to remind myself that it could be worse – it could be snowy wintertime. I’d rather beach weather than snowman weather any day.

While I’m not hiding from the heat, it’s not uncommon for me to be soaking up the sun’s rays, often with a cool drink in hand. My go-to drink this season has been alcohol-infused lemonades, which I love to sip on while the grill is fired up for a family barbecue.

Here are eight of my personal summer cocktails (all made in a pitcher for sharing):

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

Weekends are for cocktails – Bourbon Mint Lemonade via @baconhound.

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Ingredients

  • 59 oz fresh lemonade
  • 16 oz of your favourite bourbon
  • Chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)
  • Pinwheels of lemon (for garnish)

Method

  • Combine all non-garnish ingredients in a large pitcher and stir thoroughly
  • Refrigerate for several hours
  • Pour into lowball glasses with some ice
  • Garnish with a mint leaf or two, and a pinwheel of lemon on the rim

Rosemary Gin Lemonade

Ingredients

  • Cocktail
    • 4½ oz of your favourite gin
    • 2¼ oz rosemary simple syrup
    • 1½ lemons, fresh squeezed
    • Club soda
    • Sprig of rosemary (for garnish)
  • Rosemary simple syrup
    • 6 oz minced rosemary
    • 12 oz water
    • 12 oz sugar

Method

  • Rosemary simple syrup
    • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil
    • Add in sugar and rosemary, stirring until dissolved
    • Remove saucepan from heat and steep the mix for another 45 minutes
    • Strain syrup through a fine mesh into a container (note that the colour should be a light golden brown)
  • Cocktail
    • Fill a lowball glass with ice
    • Stir in gin, lemon, and rosemary simple syrup
    • Top off with club soda
    • Garnish with a spring of rosemary

Pineapple Lemonade Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Chardonnay
  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade
  • 1 can (12 oz) lemon-lime soda
  • 4 oz light rum
  • 4 oz Triple Sec
  • 6 oz simple syrup
  • 20 oz freshly cut pineapple, chunked
  • 1 apple, chunked
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 6 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • Whole strawberries (for garnish)

Method

  • Combine wine, lemonade, rum, Triple Sec, and simple syrup in a large pitcher, stirring gently but well
  • Add in cut fruit and stir
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Pour into a highball glass with ice and top off with lemon-lime soda
  • Garnish with a strawberry on the rim of the glass

Blueberry Vodka Lemonade

Blueberry Vodka Lemonade — Dangerously Delicious

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Ingredients

  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 24 oz blueberries (plus extra for garnish)
  • 24 oz of your favourite vodka
  • 24 oz ice
  • 40 oz fresh lemonade
  • Lemon slices (for garnish)

Method

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves, sugar, and blueberries well with a wooden spoon
  • Add in vodka and ice and shake until cocktail shaker is cold to the touch
  • Divide cocktail between highball glasses filled with ice
  • Top off with lemonade and stir
  • Garnish with blueberries and lemon slices

Pink Moscato Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle pink Moscato
  • 40 oz lemonade
  • 3 oz strawberry vodka
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Method

  • Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher
  • Serve in a highball glass filled with ice

Happy Hour Lemonade

Blueberry lemonade martini #summer #martini #happyhour

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Ingredients

  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 59 oz fresh lemonade
  • 1 can of 7-Up
  • 8 oz your favourite vodka
  • 4 oz your favourite gin
  • 2 oz trip Sec
  • Simply syrup (to taste)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • Ice

Method

  • In a large pitcher, mix gently lemon slices, lemonade, 7-Up, and simple syrup
  • Add in vodka, gin, and Triple Sec, and stir
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Serve in lowball glass with some ice

Blue Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 19 oz lemonade powder
  • 1 bottle blueberry vodka
  • 30 oz water
  • 20 oz ice
  • Fresh raspberries

Method

  • In a large pitcher, combine lemonade powder, vodka, and water until powder dissolves
  • Add in ice and raspberries
  • Serve in a lowball glass

Pink Lemonade

#cheers #pinklemonade #lemonade #theolivegarden #three #threeamigos #family #usa

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz vodka
  • 4 oz orange liqueur
  • 8 oz cranberry juice
  • 12 oz pink lemonade concentrate
  • 8 oz granulated sugar
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Lime pinwheels (for garnish)
  • Lemon pinwheels (for garnish)

Method

  • Combine liquid ingredients with sugar (save for the lemon-lime soda) in a large container
  • Cover concoction and place in freezer overnight
  • When ready to serve, scrape into a large pitcher and pour into lowball glasses filled with ice
  • Top off with lemon-lime soda to taste
  • Garnish with a pinwheel or two of both lemon and lime

Enjoy these eight ice-cold lemonades at your next outdoor function… or even while you’re relaxing indoors with the A/C on full blast! Either way, you’re going to love them.

Be sure to share the photos of your cocktail creations with us on Instagram or Twitter! Which was your favourite cool lemonade cocktail from today’s article? Let us know.

Drink up, and enjoy responsibly!

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