Whiskey Lemonade

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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Whiskey Lemonade

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

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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5 comments on “Whiskey Lemonade”

  1. This is my absolute favorite cocktail plus Bulleit is my favorite brand

  2. this is inspired, must try tonight!

  3. I’m in, Tuesday or not! And jalapeno will definitely be added

  4. I made the lemonade from scratch following her recipe then added rosemary from my small balcony garden and it was a hit! It was the perfect summer cocktail I could make in advance and be proud to serve my friends for a day on the boat.

  5. Thanks for the great cocktail Ali. We have a Meyer lemon and rosemary bushes. All I need is a still and the entire cocktail would be home grown. The lemonade cocktail is super refreshing, not too sweet, and the muddled rosemary is a wonderful flavor. Thanks!