Craft cocktails are tasty, but they can take a lot of time to make and since there are so many ingredients they aren’t really easy to make in large batches.
If you’re going to host a summer picnic and want to mix up something tasty, keep it simple. Just spike your lemonade – the sweet concoction can be as easy as 1.5 ounces of vodka to 4 ounces of lemonade. That sure hits the spot on a summer day. Of course, there are some equally easy-to-make variations – below are 10 of our favorites.
Spiked Arnold Palmer
The Arnold Palmer is half lemonade and half iced tea and all you have to do is add a couple ounces of your favorite vodka to the party started. If you want to create a large batch for a party, pick up a special flavored vodka like Belvedere’s Lemon Tea, which is perfect for this spiked treat.
If you wan to go a little exotic with your spiked lemonade, grab a kiwi. This fuzzy fruit goes great with watermelon, and they both go even better with a shot or two of vodka added into the mix. Check out the recipe here.
There’s nothing like a little fresh fruit to make your cocktail into something special. This drink uses some muddled blueberries for flavor and gin to add the extra kick.
Or, if blueberries aren’t your thing, reach for the raspberries instead. Muddle the fruit and mix it with lemonade and vodka and you’re set. Grab a bottle of raspberry flavored vodka to add even more fruity flavor.
Instead of a frozen margarita, how about a frozen lemonade drink? This strawberry hard lemonade slush may take a little longer to prepare, but it will be worth it when the weather heats up and you need to chill down.
If you want some texture to your beverage but get brain freeze when drinking a frozen cocktail, check out this chilly yogurt-based beverage, which can be pumped up with some vodka. Definitely a non-traditional beverage for brunch.
Here’s a simple secret – an easy way to make any cocktail more interesting is to add a bit of bubbly. Grab a bottle of prosecco, which is cheaper than champagne and just as good, and use it in place of the mineral water in this Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade recipe.
Fans of Vitamin C will like this cocktail, which can be punched up by using some sparkling wine in the place of the carbonated soda in this recipe. You can also drop in a few ounces of your favorite citrus flavored vodka for an added buzz.
While all of the recipes above use vodka or a clear spirit as their base, you can also get really funky and try this blend of raspberry, lemonade and beer. Yes, it may be non-traditional, but going out of the box is sometimes the best way to impress your guests, so drink up!
If you like the bite that comes with ginger, check out this recipe for a lemonade blend that uses the root. For the booze component, mix in a few ounces of vodka, or better yet pick up a bottle of Domaine de Canton, a ginger liqueur. Yum!