Because the only thing better than lemonade is spiked lemonade.

By Heath Goldman
June 20, 2017

You’re smart and you’ve made a big batch of lemonade concentrate that’ll last for up to 5 months in the freezer. Pour it into a tall pitcher and dilute it with water and ice to please playdates a la minute. If mom wants to have fun too, dilute it with gin, vodka or a splash of tequila instead of water. The concentrate is kind of like a lemony simple syrup, so it can stand in for the sweetener in many cocktails. These ideas are super speedy and downright delicious; we’d recommend our favorite but we truly love them all equally.

Grace Elkus

Basil Gin Lemonade

Fill a cocktail shaker with ½ cup lemonade concentrate, 5 fresh basil leaves, and ice; muddle. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and 2 ounces of gin. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serves 1.

Blackberry Lemonade Mimosa

Add 2 ounces lemonade concentrate to a chilled glass and top with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with frozen blackberries. Serves 1.

Rosé Lemonade

Combine 1 750-ml bottle rosé, 1½ cups lemonade concentrate, and 1 thinly sliced lemon in a large pitcher and fill hallway with ice. Top with 1 liter of club soda or seltzer just before serving. Serves 8.

Spicy Lemonade Margarita

Combine 1 tablespoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon cayenne on a small plate. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a lemon wedge and dip in the cayenne salt to coat. Fill glass with ice and set aside. Combine 2 ounces silver tequila and 2 ounces lemonade concentrate in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into a rimmed glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Tipsy Palmer

Place 4 black tea bags in a heat-resistant pitcher and cover with 4 cups boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and cool tea. Stir in 1 ½ cups lemonade concentrate and 1 cup bourbon. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves.