Spiked Lemonade

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


8 servings (about 2 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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


  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1-3/4 cups lemon juice
  • 1 cup light rum or vodka
  • 6 to 8 cups ice cubes
  • Lemon slices


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1 cup water and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and remaining water. Pour into a 2-qt. pitcher; refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Stir in rum. For each serving, place 3/4 to 1 cup ice in a Collins or highball glass. Pour lemonade mixture into glass. Garnish with lemon slices as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 296 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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