Need refreshments for your Labor Day bash? These spiked lemonade drink recipes are just the thing for late summer sipping (and a little classier than canned cocktails or spiked seltzer—not that we’d turn those down either).
“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. So we rounded up some spiked lemonade drinks to sip all summer.
You definitely would not 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 11 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.
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.
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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 Sangria Lemonade recipe.
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 Sparkling Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade recipe.
With only three ingredients, you can throw together this bubbly, boozy, pink lemonade cocktail at the drop of a hat; it sings of summertime hijinks from within the glass. Get the Pink Lemonade Vodka Punch recipe.
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 Lillet Lemonade Cocktail recipe. (Our Corsican Cocktail recipe hits some of the same notes with Lillet and lemon juice but adds limoncello and elderflower sryup instead of gin—plus, you can mix everything except the club soda in advance and take your drink with you on a picnic or camping trip.)
A wine spritzer made with seltzer is fine for a flutter, but one with sparkling lemonade really brings the sunshine and cheer. Get the White Wine Lemonade Spritzer recipe.
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Yes, you could just grab a bottle of blueberry vodka at the liquor store and use it to spike your lemonade, but making this easy blueberry simple syrup instead makes for way better flavor and a flat-out gorgeous color. Plus, you can then just leave the vodka out for anyone who would like a mocktail! Get the Blueberry Vodka Lemonade recipe.
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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 Honey Whiskey Lemonade recipe.
“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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11. Ouzo Lemonade
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 Ouzo Lemonade recipe.
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