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Kentucky Lemonade

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
Mint and bourbon give this drink a bit of a Kentucky kick, and ginger ale makes it a fizzy party punch.—Cathy Justus, Taylor, Michigan
Kentucky Lemonade Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, optional
  • 4 cups ginger ale
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Lemon slices and additional fresh mint leaves


  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and mint leaves. If desired, stir in bourbon. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  2. Just before serving, strain mixture into a 2-qt. pitcher; stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice. If desired, top with lemon slices and additional mint.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup (calculated without bourbon): 129 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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