10 Best Spiked Lemonade Drinks for Summer

Summer is the perfect time of year to lounge on the front porch or next to the pool, kick your feet up and sip an ice-cold spiked lemonade!

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Spiked Lemonade

Rum gives a tropical addition to this fabulous homemade lemonade. If you have vodka on hand, try that instead of the rum. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

P.S. We’ve also mastered the perfect all-ages lemonade recipe.

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Sangria lemonade
Garnish with Lemon

Sangria Lemonade

Drink happy thoughts with this cheerful sangria! Who would’ve thought wine, rum and lemonade were a match made in cocktail heaven? Serve this uniquely flavored punch at your next cookout or dinner party, and we promise people will be begging for the recipe.

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Basil gin lemonade
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Basil Elderflower Gin Lemonade

Herbal plus floral equals a dynamic flavor duo. Here’s how to make it: Add 1 tbsp. roughly chopped basil leaves to the bottom of a glass. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush the leaves. Place one large ice cube in a glass. Add 1 oz. elderflower liqueur, 1.5 oz. gin and 3 oz. lemonade. Stir, and garnish with a fresh lemon slice and whole basil leaves.

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Bourbon lemonade slush
Inquiring Chef

Bourbon Lemonade Slush

This cherished family recipe makes a drink that’s sweet, sour and very refreshing. We love the idea of serving the slush in mason jars, with colorful straws. The batch serves a group and blends up in about 20 minutes—what could be better?

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Watermelon lemonade margarita
Crazy for Crust

Watermelon Lemonade Margarita

“Cheers!” to this delightful drink, with watermelon, lemonade and tequila. The recipe starts with a pureed watermelon, so make sure you buy one that’s ripe and seedless! You can easily leave out the tequila to create a tasty mocktail for kids or non-drinkers, too.

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Ginger Lemonade Moscow Mule
Whitney Bond

Ginger Lemonade Moscow Mule

Mules are having a moment. This variety of the Manhattan-born, Russian-inspired elixir will satisfy any craving. Just combine fresh-squeezed lemon juice with simple syrup, vodka and ginger beer for this light and refreshing cocktail. Best served in a copper mug!

Want to try the original? Look no further than our Moscow Mule recipe.

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Spiked cherry lemonade slushies
With Salt and Wit

Cherry Vodka Lemonade Slushies

Sweet, tart, icy and boozy! This vodka lemonade slushie only has three ingredients, not including the cherry on top. Inspired by the blogger’s favorite poolside drink as a child, this grown-up slushie is perfect for hot summer days.

Psst…See more frozen drinks that will help you cool down this summer.

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Boozy lavender honey lemonade
Honey and Birch

Honey Lavender Lemonade

It’s easy to feel like you’re sippin’ pretty with this lovely drink in hand. It’s a big-batch cocktail, making it perfect for a party or shower. This beauty even includes lavender ice cubes…talk about fancy!

To quench your thirst, make a pitcher of our best fresh-squeezed lemonade recipes.

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Blackberry sage lemonade
Host the Toast

Blackberry Sage Lemonade

Sage has many health benefits and is even believed to have therapeutic properties. Blackberries (not to be confused with black raspberries) are also full of the good stuff, like antioxidants and tons of important nutrients. Mix the two together, add some vodka, and abracadabra! This spiked blackberry lemonade is the stuff of dreams.

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Spicy strawberry lemonade paloma
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Spicy Strawberry Lemonade Paloma

Heat things up with this bold and spicy sipper! Rim a glass with spicy jalapeño salt by moistening the rim with a lemon wedge, then dip the rim in salt. Add ice. Add 1.5 oz. jalapeño-infused tequila and 3 oz. strawberry lemonade. Stir well and top with 2-3 oz. club soda. Garnish with a lemon.

Ceara Milligan
Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.