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Vodka Lemonade Recipe

A delicious and simple beverage that goes well with any occasion is vodka lemonade. You can quickly prepare this delightful cocktail with only a few basic ingredients.

a delicious and refreshing vodka lemonade cocktail in a highball glass

 Vodka lemonade is a terrific option if you want to switch up your drink menu or if you’re searching for a cool, tart beverage to beat the summer heat. 

We’ll demonstrate how to prepare a traditional vodka lemonade in this article, along with a few novel variations you can attempt if you’re feeling daring. So take a shaker and start blending!

History of Vodka Lemonade Cocktails

The history of the popular beverage vodka lemonade is lengthy and fascinating. The drink’s beginnings can be found in the early 20th century when vodka first became readily accessible in America. 

two glasses of vodka lemonade with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs

Bartenders started experimenting with ways to incorporate vodka into more enticing drinks because at the time it was not as widely consumed as other spirits like whiskey or gin. 

The vodka lemonade, which mixed the tart, energizing flavor of lemonade with the smooth, fresh taste of vodka, was one of the most well-known concoctions. The vodka lemonade evolved into a standard drink at gatherings throughout time, and people still like ordering it today.

How to Make a Vodka Lemonade Drink

a delicious and refreshing vodka lemonade cocktail in a highball glass

Vodka Lemonade

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A quick and easy recipe for a timeless classic. Mix up one of these cocktails following our recipe and you'll love it!


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • ice
  • lemon wedges (optional)


    1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
    2. Pour vodka and lemonade over ice.
    3. Stir well to combine.
    4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Vodka Lemonade Variations

Vodka lemonade with strawberries 

To give your vodka lemonade a fruity twist, consider adding a few fresh or frozen strawberries. The strawberries can be muddled in the glass or blended with the lemonade before adding the vodka.

a delicious vodka lemonade cocktail with strawberries

Raspberry vodka lemonade 

This variation uses raspberries rather than strawberries for a slightly more acidic flavor.

a refreshing vodka lemonade with raspeberries in it

Watermelon vodka lemonade 

Watermelon and lemonade go well together, and adding vodka to the mix creates a cool summer drink. For a smooth and fruity beverage, combine watermelon chunks—fresh or frozen—with vodka and lemonade.

a vodka lemonade with watermelon

Blueberry vodka lemonade

Blueberries give this vodka lemonade variant a sweet and delicate berry flavor. You can muddle the blueberries in the glass or blend fresh or frozen blueberries with vodka and lemonade.

a vodka lemonade cocktail with blueberries

Spike Arnold Palmer

Iced tea and lemonade are combined to create the pleasant non-alcoholic beverage known as the Arnold Palmer.

a spiked arnold palmer cocktail with vodka and lemonade

Combine equal parts vodka and iced tea with lemonade to create a spiked version. This gives the beverage a little stronger kick and more nuanced flavor character.

Vodka and Lemonade: A Delicious Combination!

There you have it, that’s the best recipe for a vodka lemonade you’ll ever need, and it couldn’t be simpler. Don’t forget to try one of the variations, too!

Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

Vodka Lemonade Cocktail

An easy and refreshing classic, the vodka lemonade is the perfect drink. Follow this vodka lemonade recipe for the ultimate cocktail.

Type: Cocktail

Cuisine: American

Keywords: vodka, lemonade, refreshing, summer, cocktail

Recipe Yield: 1

Preparation Time: 2 Minutes

Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

Total Time: 2 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • ice
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Editor's Rating:
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Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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