5 Boozy Lemonade Cocktails

Because the only thing better than lemonade is spiked lemonade.

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.


Basil Gin Lemonade

Photo by Grace Elkus

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 lemonade concentrate and bourbon. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves.