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 hits the spot on a summer day, guaranteed. Of course, there are some equally easy-to-make variations. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Boozy Frozen Lemonade
A much-needed thirst-quenching drink for the dog days of summer, this frozen lemonade (spiked with limoncello!) is the ultimate backyard bevvy. Mix up a big batch, throw some hot dogs on the grill and invite over everyone you know.
White Sangria Lemonade
We’re obsessed with this pretty white sangria lemonade. Start with a mix of crisp white wine and sweet lemonade, then load it up with juicy tropical fruits (hello, mango and pineapple!), for a party-ready drink that tastes as good as it looks.
Fresh Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
Looking for a big batch drink? It’s summer, duh, of course you are. This Fresh Raspberry Vodka Lemonade has you covered! Made in just five minutes, it’s light and refreshing, but still packs a vodka punch, so make sure you share with others.
Sweet Bourbon Peach Lemonade
This Sweet Bourbon Peach Lemonade is summer in a glass. (Or a pitcher, since it’s party-sized!) Basically, if there’s a better use for peak-season peaches, we don’t know what it is. We highly recommend you make a batch and thank Georgia for their fine fruit. It’d be Ludacris not to—wink.
Spiked Pineapple Lemonade
Pineapple is having a moment and we fully support adding it to everything possible, including lemonade. And while we’re at it, why not include vodka, too, are we right? The end result is sweet and tart and absolutely necessary at your next backyard barbeque.
Blue Raspberry Spiked Lemonade
Blue raspberry-flavored vodka gives this spiked lemonade drink it’s signature splash of sour. Top with fresh mint leaves, serve over ice and enjoy like it’s the early 2000s all over again. And yes, it does taste better while listening to N*SYNC.
Pink Lemonade Jello Shots
If these Pink Lemonade Jello Shots don’t impress everyone you know, you might need new friends. They’re made with (what else?) pink lemonade and vodka inside hallowed out lemons. So not only are they insanely cute, they’re a more eco-friendly (and cheaper!) option since you don’t need those pesky little plastic cups. Everyone wins!
Raspberry Beer Hard Lemonade
This concoction seems naughty, but it’s not at all. With raspberry beer’s low ABV, it’s a solid choice for those days where sitting and drinking are the only two things on your agenda. Sweet, bubbly and sessionable is a combination we can get behind (and stay behind allll day).
Blueberry Hard Lemonade
Calling all gin-lovers! You need to add this Blueberry Hard Lemonade to your cocktail repertoire, posthaste. Made with muddled blueberries, lemon juice, ginger ale and mint, it’s a drink we’re guessing you’ll be making summer long.
Shandy Beer Cocktail
You’ll want this beer-vodka cocktail in your hand the minute the weather gets warm. Cut with mint, agave and ginger, it’s our go-to drink from the end of April to the start of September. In fact, there isn’t a single gathering we can think of that wouldn’t benefit from a batch of these bad boys.