Keep cool this summer with the best lemonade recipes. Whether you're serving kids or grown-ups, we've rounded up freshly-squeezed summer drink recipes that will quench a powerful thirst. From classic old-fashioned batch recipes to spiked lemonade cocktails, frozen blender drinks, and Instagrammable brews to impress your friends, there's something here for everyone.
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For kids, making fresh lemonade can be almost as much fun as drinking it, or selling it to neighbors at pop-up lemonade stands. This easy, classic, no-boil lemonade recipe includes tips for helping the small set get plenty of fun out of squeezing lemons, and turning them into lemonade.
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If you enjoy the refreshing goodness of homemade lemonade, you'll appreciate how the zing of fresh ginger plays off that sweet-tart base. This family-friendly beverage begins with a ginger simple syrup, which can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, and makes a great base for cocktails, too. When mixed with freshly-squeezed lemons and water, it yields a delicious, slightly spicy concoction.
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If you dig the anise flavor of black licorice, meet your new favorite adult summer beverage. Muddle bright-tasting mint leaves with ouzo (an anise-flavored Greek liqueur), freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and a little honey, for a strong, spiked lemonade cocktail.
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Red Stag Lemonade Cocktail
Start with lemonade to make this fruity, whiskey-based punch that makes an exhilarating summer tipple for adults. Cherry bourbon whiskey and strawberry liqueur provide the "punch" in this citrusy concoction, which also includes lemon-lime soda for extra sparkle.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Middle Eastern-Style Mint Lemonade
Lemonade is a favorite non-alcoholic beverage in Middle Eastern countries, where hot climates make the cooling quaff popular. Learn to make the classic Middle Eastern-style "limonada", which includes mint leaves for invigorating freshness, and fragrant orange blossom water. Serve it to your foodie friends at cookouts, for a twist on the classic.
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Mexican Lemonade With Chia Seeds (Chia Fresca)
Swirling with superfood chia seeds, this unusual Mexican beverage is similar to the popular Asian bubble tea, but has a lemonade base that makes it perfect for summer. When plunged into liquid, the chia seeds plump up, forming a gelatinous, outer layer similar to tapioca pearls, that adds fun texture to every sip.
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Summertime Vodka Fruit Punch Lemonade
Add sparkle to summer soirees with this fruity, fizzy, lemonade-based punch for grown-ups. You may be surprised by the ingredient list, which includes watermelon, parsley, and agave nectar, but the mixture is truly tasty and well-balanced. Don't skip the splash of sparkling pink lemonade, which adds a lovely lift.
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Pimm's Cup Lemonade Cocktail
Channel a posh attitude when you sip a Pimm's Cup, the popular British mixed drink that is the unofficial cocktail of Wimbledon. It is delightfully summery and stimulating, blending Pimm's Cup No. 1 liqueur (a gin-based spirit) and lemonade. Try it instead of mimosas at brunch.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Want to take all-American lemonade to the next level on hot summer days? Use your blender to whir up this delicious frozen version that makes a fabulous treat for kids and adults alike at outdoor parties. For a special presentation, serve it in frosted glasses or mason jars, garnished with fresh lemon slices.
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Indian-Style Spiced Lemonade
Spiced Indian-style lemonade is just the thing to cool you off on sweltering summer days. It is non-alcoholic, but packs a kick courtesy of jaljira powder, a lively mix of spices that impart a tangy, sizzling effect when mixed with fresh lemon juice and water.
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Hello Kitty Cocktail
The Hello Kitty is an easy, flirty, party-ready cocktail with an alluring pale-green color, and a bright, sweet finish on the palate. This kitschy twist on the vodka martini uses fresh lemonade, and Ty Ku Liqueur (a sake-based botanical), to turn an ordinary libation into a sensational one.
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Raspberry Lemonade Sangria
Dress up a party pitcher of sangria with this bubbly and delicious recipe that is made for drinking on warmer days. Simply decant a bottle of white wine into the serving vessel (a Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc would all work well), before adding lemonade, lemon slices, and fresh raspberries. Serve at once, or chill overnight, adding lemon-lime soda just before serving.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Sugar-Free Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
This sweet, delicious, frozen blended drink is similar to a non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiri, but with a more citrus-forward flavor, and a slushy-like consistency. It's also sugar-free, so you can feel great about kids having more than one at your next summer cookout party (if adults don't hog them all).
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Non-Alcoholic Arnold Palmer
An Arnold Palmer drink is traditionally non-alcoholic, though many people enjoy adding vodka to it. This is the classic version beloved by adults and kids alike. Simply blend one part lemonade, and two parts iced tea. Enjoy on the playground, the porch, or the golf course.
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Fresh blueberries infuse this kid-friendly lemonade with appealing sweetness and color. Let kids help you stir up the easy recipe, which you can multiply to serve a crowd. Or turn it into DIY popsicles, by pouring some into ice cube trays, covering tightly with plastic wrap, and spearing each rectangle with a toothpick, before freezing until solid.
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Green Lemonade Mocktail
Add some pizzazz to a tall glass of lemonade with this fun, fruity green lemonade mocktail. It combines your favorite lemonade with limeade and fresh kiwi fruit, to create a cooling drink for kids and grown-ups on warmer days. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, for a fancy presentation.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Lemon Summer Shandy
The shandy is a popular summertime drink that couldn’t be easier to make, calling for just beer and lemonade, and is truly tastier than the sum of its parts. Because it's light in alcohol, it's ideal for those times when you want to drink beer, while still enjoying other activities, too.