This seems like the perfect way to end a week — with fizzy, lemonade drinks that your kids totally cannot drink. So put those whipper-snappers to bed, and mix up one of these delicious, naturally gluten-free, summer refreshers that will make you forget about your craptacular week. If you had one, that is. For those of you who won the lottery, had a baby, or just happen to have a ton of self-esteem, you can drink to celebrate. Everybody wins!
Anyone can take a bottle of lemonade and Bacardi and put it in a squirt bottle and call it a night, but try to fancy up your lemonade with the muddling of fruits, the hints of ginger, or some fizzy bubble action. Start with these:
Of course some people might say you’re drinking gluten when you throw down a liquor because there’s this whole thing this week about a gluten label that won’t include your best friend, whiskey. I’m calling bullshit on that. And you should too. Drink up!
Here are my three most favorite lemonade drinks for the boozy set:
Bourbon Raspberry Lemonade
I’ve written about this before, mostly because I love it so. Plus, it’s an easy way to impress the folks.
1 ounce bourbon
3 ounces raspberry lemonade
1. Place the raspberries in the bottom of your rocks glass and muddle. Plop a giant ice cube on top. Mix bourbon and lemonade, and serve.
Ginger Lemonade Martini
I used a rocks glass here, but you can throw this all in a shaker with your ice, strain, and call it a martini if you’re fancy.
1 ounce vodka
3 ounces ginger beer
Juice of one lemon
Sugar for rim of glass
1. Take a lemon wedge and wet the rim of your rocks or martini glass. Dip glass into a plate of sugar (I like raw sugar best for the color, but use anything.)
2. Either combine ice, vodka, ginger beer, and lemon juice in martini shaker and shake until chilled, or combine all of these elements in a rocks glass and serve.
Blackberry Pomegranate Fizz
Okay, not exactly a lemonade but a refreshing summer fruity drink nonetheless.
1 ounce gin
1 ounce pomegranate juice
1 ounce blackberry juice
1 ounce sparkling water
1. Muddle blackberries in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add ice and pour gin, juices, and sparkling water over ice. Mix and serve.
Have a fantabulous weekend, everybody!