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This whiskey lemonade recipe is easy to make with just 3 ingredients and tastes so refreshing!

Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail


When life gives you lemonade

…I vote we make whiskey lemonade cocktails for happy hour! ♡

This simple 3-ingredient whiskey cocktail has long been one of my faves, especially for summertime entertaining.  I love it because it always tastes super refreshing, especially served up on the rocks with a hint of fresh rosemary or mint.  It can be made with either homemade or store-bought lemonade, and adjusted to taste as sweet or as tart as you prefer.  It’s also an absolute breeze to make in less than 5 minutes, whether you’re mixing up a single serving or batching a big pitcher for a crowd.  And mostly, it’s just delightful!

If you are a fan of bourbon (or really, any type of whiskey) and lemonade, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Let’s make some cocktails!

Whiskey Lemonade Recipe

Whiskey Lemonade Ingredients:

To make whiskey lemonade cocktails, you will need 3 easy ingredients:

  • Lemonade: Either homemade or store-bought.
  • Whiskey: I usually make whiskey lemonades with bourbon, but any type of whiskey you love will work!
  • Fresh herbs: A sprig of rosemary or fresh mint for muddling, plus an extra sprig for garnish if you would like.
  • Ice: For serving.

Also, if you would like your whiskey cocktails to be a bit sweeter, you are welcome to also stir in a teaspoon or two of maple syrup.

Whiskey Lemonade

How To Make Whiskey Lemonade:

To make a whiskey lemonade drink, simply…

  1. Muddle.  Add the bourbon, lemonade, and a sprig of fresh rosemary or mint to a cocktail shaker.  Use a cocktail muddler (or the end of a thick wooden spoon) to briefly muddle the herb.
  2. Strain.  Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Serve.  Topped with an extra sprig of rosemary or fresh mint, plus a lemon peel or slice, if desired.

Ways To Customize Your Cocktail:

There are lots of fun ways that you can gussy this cocktail up a bit.  For example, feel free to…

  • Add heat. Feel free to muddle in a slice of jalapeño or stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper to kick this cocktail up a spicy notch.
  • Add warming spices. I also love stirring in a cinnamon stick, a few whole cloves, and/or a star anise to add some warming spices to this drink (especially in the wintertime).
  • Make it sparkle. For a sparkling cocktail, feel free to use sparkling lemonade instead.  (Or you are welcome to add a splash of sparkling water on top.)
  • Make it boozier. For a boozier cocktail, feel free to also add in a splash of Grand Marnier.

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Description

This whiskey lemonade recipe is easy to make with just 3 ingredients and tastes so refreshing!  See notes above for extra ingredients that you are welcome to add as well.



Scale

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) whiskey
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) lemonade, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or mint
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Muddle.  Add the bourbon, lemonade, and a sprig of fresh rosemary or mint to a cocktail shaker.  Use a cocktail muddler (or the end of a thick wooden spoon) to briefly muddle the herb.
  2. Strain.  Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  3. Serve.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra sprig of rosemary or fresh mint, plus a lemon peel or slice, if desired.

Notes

If you would like a sweeter cocktail, feel free to stir a teaspoon of two of maple syrup into the cocktail before straining.



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