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Vodka Lemonade Recipe: Easy Guide (2024 Updated)

Vodka Lemonade Recipe

The first time I tried Vodka Lemonade was at a party at my friend’s house. It’s a perfect drink, as the lemonade’s tart and invigorating vibe smoothly combine with the vodka’s smooth and refreshing taste.

So if you’re looking for the best vodka cocktails for your happy hour, try this Vodka Lemonade recipe. It’s a delicious, refreshing, easy cocktail – perfect to beat the summer heat.

The Perfect Vodka Lemonade Recipe

Glass of Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Drink

Prep Time/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 4oz lemonade
  • ice
  • lemon slices, wedge (you can also try strawberries)
  • fresh mint

Instructions: In your highball glass with ice, pour vodka and lemonade, then stir to combine. Put lemon slices (or strawberries) and fresh mint as garnish and serve.

Note: Add more ice if you plan on serving Vodka Lemonade in a pitcher. Then, add some more garnish for big batches.

You can also top the Vodka Lemonade with club soda and stir it for flavors to combine.

Serving:  1

Nutrition Facts:  205kcal calories | 0g fat | 0g cholesterol | 9mg sodium | 20g carbs | 0g fiber | 19g sugar

What’s A Vodka Lemonade Cocktail?

The Vodka Lemonade cocktail is a delightful drink that requires only a few ingredients, balancing tart and sweet flavors.

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonades. And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka and have a party. – Ron White, American Comedian

Vodka Lemonade is a refreshing cocktail and an easy drink commonly served over ice with a garnish or lemon slice and mint. You may also check out some of our favorite alcoholic drinks with lemonade here.

What Does It Taste Like?

Vodka Lemonade boasts a refreshing and crisp flavor. The combination of vodka and lemonade creates a balance between the smoothness of the vodka and the tangy flavors of the lemonade.

The overall taste of Vodka Lemonade is a mix of sweet lemonade with a subtle kick from the vodka, resulting in a pleasantly refreshing and enjoyable drink.

Does Vodka Lemonade Get You Drunk?

Yes, Vodka Lemonade can get you drunk. Consuming a Vodka Lemonade cocktail, like any alcoholic beverage, can lead to intoxication if drunk in large quantities.

Take note – vodka is a distilled spirit with relatively high alcohol content, typically around 40% ABV.

However, the effects of alcohol depend on various factors, including the amount consumed, the rate of consumption, body weight, and tolerance.

Read: Recommended Buzzballz Flavors

Lemonades You Can Use

Putting Mint Leaves on a Glass Vodka Lemonade


For convenience, store-bought lemonades would be ideal, as they’re ready to use. Some of my recommended brands for the Vodka Lemonade recipe include:

  • Minute Maid
  • Countrytime
  • Simply Lemonade
  • Crystal Light


I prefer homemade lemonade for this easy cocktail recipe. Why? Because I can control how tart or sweet the lemonade is.

If you’re like me, who likes a sweeter lemonade, try adding simple syrup to the recipe mix.

How To Make Homemade Lemonade


  • fresh lemon slices
  • 1-cup granulated sugar
  • 4-cups water (divided)
  • ice cubes

Instructions: Squeeze the lemon slices and remove the seeds; set aside. In your small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves, remove from the fire, and let the syrup cool. Mix the lemon juice, syrup, and water in your pitcher.

Taste test the Vodka Lemonade and adjust it according to your taste.

Vodka Lemonade Variations

Want more vodka cocktails? Here are a few ideas:

Spiked Lemonades

glass of spiked lemonade cocktail with lemon and mint leaves

Spiked Lemonade cocktail is a delicious drink combining the zesty freshness of lemonades with the measured pour of your favorite vodka.

It’s a delightful twist with a boozy kick to the classic and invigorating lemonade.

Vodka Limeade

Vodka Limeade is one of the delicious vodka cocktails with vibrant and invigorating lime crispness and vodka smoothness.

This combines freshly squeezed lime juice and a generous splash of vodka in a glass or pitcher. Garnish it with fresh mint (or basil) and lemon wedge, then serve.

Arnold Palmer

To make this recipe, mix equal parts of iced tea with lemonade and vodka in a glass or pitcher over ice. You’ll like the stronger kick in this drink with a nuanced flavor.

Bourbon Lemonades

The Bourbon Lemonade cocktail is a tangy blend of rich bourbon with the vibrant flavors of lemonade. I like how balanced and invigorating this cocktail drink is, with a touch of bourbon’s distinctive character.

Pink Or Fruity Lemonades

Hand Holding Glass of Pink Or Fruity Lemonade

Pink or Fruity Lemonades are a vibrant and playful twist on the classic lemonade, bursting with fruity flavors and a touch of sweetness.

I find this one comparable to the Strawberry Vodka Lemonade cocktail. Serve it over ice, and enjoy the beverage.

Sparkling Lemonades

Sparkling Lemonades are a bubbly and effervescent delight combining the sour flavors of freshly squeezed lemons with the invigorating fizz of sparkling water.

If you like a fresh, non-alcoholic recipe, these are for you.

Gin Lemonades

Gin Lemonade is a sophisticated concoction mixing the botanical notes of gin [1] with the bright, sour flavors of lemonade.

If you like a crisp and lively drink that’s both classy and refreshing, try Gin Lemonade.

When Do You Serve A Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Drink? 

You can serve Vodka Lemonade cocktails on various occasions, particularly during warm weather, such as summer gatherings, pool parties, or outdoor barbecues.

“Elevate your summer vibes with a zesty Vodka Lemonade delight.” – Liquor Laboratory

Just fill glass or pitcher with Vodka Lemonade over ice and garnish it with a lemon wedge, then you’re good to go.


What drink is made from vodka and lemonade?

The drinks made from vodka and lemonade are called Vodka Lemonade cocktails. These drinks are refreshing, combining the smoothness of vodka with the sweet and tangy flavors of lemonade.
They’re served over ice with lemon wedges as the garnish.

Can you use any vodka in a vodka and lemonade recipe?

Yes, you can use any vodka when making Vodka Lemonade drinks, depending on your preference and desired flavor profile.

What alcohol is good in lemonade?

Lemonade is good with several types of alcohol, including vodka [2], tequila, gin, and rum. But lemonades are best paired with vodkas, as lemonade’s citrus notes match well with vodka’s fresh taste.

Can I use store-bought lemonade instead of fresh lemon juice in a vodka lemonade?

Yes, you can use store-bought lemonade as a shortcut in a vodka lemonade recipe. However, using freshly squeezed lemon juice will result in a fresher and more vibrant flavor.

What type of vodka is best for making vodka lemonade?

Any type of vodka can be used to make vodka lemonade, but a clean and neutral-flavored vodka works well to let the citrus flavors shine. You can also experiment with flavored vodkas for added depth of flavor.

Can I make a batch of vodka lemonade for a party?

Yes, you can easily scale up the ingredients to make a pitcher of vodka lemonade for a party or gathering. Simply multiply the ingredients to accommodate the number of servings needed and mix them together in a large pitcher before serving over ice.

How sweet should vodka lemonade be?

The sweetness of vodka lemonade can be adjusted to taste by varying the amount of simple syrup or sugar added to the drink. Start with a small amount and adjust according to your preference.

Final Thoughts

You can’t go wrong serving Vodka Lemonade at parties or gatherings. It has an invigorating vibe that’ll surely catch guests’ attention.

Aside from the classic Vodka Lemonade recipe, you can opt for other recipes or variations like the Arnold Palmer, Spiked Lemonades, Vodka Limeade, and more.

Besides, all Vodka Lemonade recipes are easy to make; mix, stir, and garnish. Whether you fill glass, bottle, or pitcher, this recipe will surely satisfy any taste buds.


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