Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So the saying goes. But let’s just say that there are some times when life hands you lemons and all you really want is a cocktail.

Not that you’d need to be down on your luck to enjoy any of these spiked lemony drinks, but they just might help you make the most out of a rough spot (and your home bar supply). Here are 10 of our favorites that bring the sweet to the sour. They’re all perfect for serving at parties from the 4th of July through Labor Day, or mixing up for just one or two on any given warm weeknight. Relax, and take it squeezy.

Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Chowhound

Frosty, icy, and thick, this blended drink is like an adult version of the sort you’d normally drink out of a ginormous, gulp-inducing cup. Except instead of that sugary, vaguely chemical-tasting flavor, you get the sweetness and succulence of fresh strawberries. Get our Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade recipe.

Sangria Lemonade

Sangria Lemonade

Garnish with Lemon

Sangria gets a sunny spin with a lot of lemonade and a little lemon rum, plus white wine and fruit, for an ultra-refreshing sip to quench your thirst and chase the clouds away. Get the recipe.

Panaché

Panaché beer and lemonade cocktail

Chowhound

This one is called a “panaché” for a reason: its sparkling lemonade brings flair and finesse to fuddy duddy lager. Get our Panaché recipe.

Sparkling Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

Sparkling Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

Heather Christo

Herbalists take note: here’s a cocktail that really lets its earthy aromas shine. Not only does it feature the anise-y notes of muddled tarragon, it also incorporates floral rose and gin for a full array of botanicals. Get the recipe.

Pink Summer Shandy

Pink Summer Shandy (tequila, beer, and pink lemonade)

The Cookie Rookie

With the triple threat of beer, tequila, and pink lemonade all rolled into one, this cocktail sings of summertime hijinks from within the glass. Get the recipe.

Lillet Lemonade Cocktail

Lillet Lemonade Cocktail

Salt and Wind

Featuring lemon with Lillet and a touch of gin, this cocktail is kind of like what would happen if James Bond’s martini was reimagined for a breezy summertime outdoor party. Get the recipe.

White Wine Lemonade Spritzer

White Wine Lemonade Spritzer

Martha Stewart

A wine spritzer made with seltzer is fine for a flutter, but one with sparkling lemonade really brings the sunshine and cheer. Get the recipe.

Ouzo Lemonade

Ouzo Lemonade

Lemon and Olives

Anise-flavored ouzo is one of those ingredients that drinkers either love or hate. But for the lovers, this concoction is as heady and fragrance-forward as you could want it to be. Get the recipe.

Honey Whiskey Lemonade

Honey Whiskey Lemonade with Thyme

The Little Epicurean

All too often, the whiskey sour gets mangled and marred with artificial sour mix. It’s done right here, however, with a splash of lemonade and even a few drops of honey for extra emphasis, and fresh thyme for fragrance. Get the recipe.

Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail

Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail

Chowhound

“Fruity” isn’t always a compliment when describing a cocktail, but this one embraces the term like an accolade. Balancing watermelon juice, lemon, and berry (with a bit of rum for kicks), it emphasizes the sweet without getting saccharine. Get our Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail recipe.

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Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University’s program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.
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