Cold and refreshing vodka lemonade is a summertime must-make drink. It’s so easy and you can easily scale the recipe up or down depending on how much fun you want to have.
With just three ingredients spiked lemonade is the perfect easy sipping drink for a warm summer night. All you need is some delicious snackage like chips and salsa to go with it.
One perk of being an adult is adding vodka to your lemonade and in the summer, it’s a perk worth partaking of because it’s easy, simple, refreshing and, well, the flavor is so summer-timey.
It’s my personal drink of choice while playing golf although the golf version is a little more low-brow than this sparkling vodka lemonade version I’m sharing here. While golfing all you do is spike a cold bottle of lemonade with the vodka hidden in your golf bag so it’s easy to sneak a taste. But, that’s our little secret, okay?
This sparkling version is upgraded and meant for sharing on the porch as a warm summer day winds down. This cocktail takes just minutes to make and it’s fizzy and refreshing.
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How to Make Vodka Lemonade
You could just mix vodka and lemonade, but I like adding soda water because it cuts the sweetness and adds fizz. Who doesn’t love some fizz?
I think this spiked lemonade is great for sharing so this recipe makes four large vodka lemonades. Here’s what you need:
- 8 ounces vodka
- 32 ounces lemonade
- 16 ounces of soda water
Feel free to add some lemon slices and then mix it all together in a pitcher. As is the case with so many things, the amounts of each ingredient are easily adjustable and you should do so with abandon to make it just right for you.
Garnishes and Such…
If you’re feeling extra, you can run a lemon slice around the rims of the glasses and then dip them in sugar. If you’re feeling extra-extra use colored sanding sugar to add a pop of color.
Fresh mint leaves would also be nice. Muddle a few leaves in the bottom of the glass before adding the ice. Or try muddling some fresh berries.
Add ice to the glasses pour the sparkling vodka lemonade over the top and add a slice of lemon for the finishing touch. Pro tip: A straw is a nice way to get some bonus points, too.
If you want to make a batch of lemonade vodka ahead you can but wait to add the ice and soda water until you’re ready to serve it. You don’t want the ice to water it down or the soda water to go flat.
Three cheers for summer and this delicious vodka lemonade recipe. I hope you enjoy!
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Cold and refreshing sparkling vodka lemonade is the perfect sippin’ drink for a warm summer night. The soda water adds fizz plus cuts the sweetness of the lemonade for a perfectly drinkable drink. This recipe makes four large drinks and can be easily adjusted to serve more or less.
- 8 ounces vodka
- 32 ounces lemonade
- 16 ounces soda water
- Sliced lemons, for garnish
- Granulated sugar, for glass rims
- Add ice to a large pitcher. Add the vodka, lemonade, and soda water and stir.
- For the glasses, run a lemon slice around the rim and dip each rim into sugar to coat (optional). Add ice, spiked lemonade, and a lemon slice for garnish.
The nutrition estimate does not include the sugar for the glass rims.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 227
- Sugar: 24.7g
- Sodium: 10.4mg
- Fat: 0.1g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 25.8g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: vodka lemonade, spiked lemonade
The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.
Post and photos updated from the archives. First published in June 2020.