Strawberry Vodka Lemonade is the perfect refreshing cocktail for your day by the water. Mixed with fresh strawberries, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry vodka, this thirst-quenching cocktail delivers a flavorful punch that you’ll absolutely love.
Welcome back to another edition of Thirsty Thursday. This is week two of venturing away from my typical Tequila Thursday where I focus on cocktails containing…you guessed it…tequila!
Last week, I left the strawberry margaritas and tequila sunrises behind me and shared an amazing recipe for a blackberry mojito. With a homemade blackberry simple syrup and some Bacardi rum, my mojito recipe is definitely one for the books. You must give it a try!
But today’s Thirsty Thursday is a cocktail for all my vodka drinkers out there. I’m trying to spread the love as best as I can for all the different drinking palettes there are amongst everyone. You all are keeping me on my toes!
For the future, I’ve received requests for a “sex on the beach” cocktail and an old fashion. The old fashion is way too strong for my liking but it happens to be Patrick’s favorite so I know a thing or two about them!
But let’s get back to today’s drink, a delicious and refreshing Strawberry Vodka Lemonade. This creation was made on a complete whim after my first concoction was a total bust! My OG drink that I made up in my head for this edition of Thirsty Thursday tasted nothing like what I thought it would. Has this ever happened to you?
A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for chocolate and cafe tequila pudding shots that were basically mind-blowing. They turned out so well I was practically eating the mixture out of the bowl! Because they were a huge success, I started dreaming up ways I could switch out some of the ingredients for different pudding flavors and alcohol.
My original idea was to make a strawberry cheesecake pudding shot using cheesecake-flavored pudding, strawberry vodka, and whipped cream vodka. With the stores being out of so many things at the moment, there was no cheesecake pudding available so I had to come up with something else instead.
My creation: a strawberry shortcake pudding shot. I bought french vanilla instant pudding, strawberry vodka and cake vodka. I thought it would be an amazing combination and another grand slam for Thirsty Thursday.
My first attempt at making these were a complete and total bust. The alcohol taste was so strong I felt like the shot was burning a hole all the way down my esophagus. Ouch! I still think they can work, but I have to do a better job at figuring out the correct measurements of the vodka. I’m not giving up on this one so stay tuned!
With those pudding shots not making the cut, I had to come up with another vodka-based cocktail on the whim. I wanted to try and use the strawberry vodka because I was only able to find a huge bottle and I needed to find another way to use it.
After searching through my fridge, I came up with the idea for this strawberry vodka lemonade. I had the strawberry lemonade already on hand for Zach. With temperatures already reaching the 90’s here in Florida, I’ve been stocking up on refreshing juices for him to have while he’s hanging outside with us by the lake.
My thought was, why not make a spiked version of the strawberry lemonade for Patrick and I to enjoy too? And that’s exactly what I did!
My favorite thing about recipes like this one is you can really substitute a lot of ingredients for ones you have on hand.
Let’s start with the actual juice portion of this cocktail. I used Simply Lemonade but any strawberry lemonade will do. You could even use regular lemonade if you prefer a little less strawberry flavor in your cocktail. You can use Crystal Light or Country Time powdered lemonades as well. Just make sure you prepare them according to the package and then use them in their liquid form, not the powder.
In terms of the vodka, I used strawberry-flavored vodka. There is an actual strawberry lemonade vodka available at liquor stores if you want to go all out on this cocktail! And if all else fails, just use plain old vodka.
For the bubbly portion of this strawberry vodka lemonade, I used this limoncellino soda from World Market. Feel free to use any type of bubbles you want in place of this. Some examples are: club soda, seltzer water, lemon-flavored La Croix/Bubly, or even Prosecco for an added kick!
The moral of the story: Make this cocktail any way your little heart desires!
Strawberry Vodka Lemonade
1 oz/2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 oz/4 tbsp strawberry lemonade, 2 oz/4 tbsp strawberry-flavored vodka, 1 – 2 oz/ 2 -4 tbsp sparkling lemon water, 3 – 4 strawberries, lemon slices and strawberries for garnish (optional)
Add your lemon juice, strawberries, and strawberry lemonade to an empty cocktail shaker.
Muddle the three ingredients together making sure to really break up the strawberries so you can release the flavor from them! Note: You don’t want to add ice yet because it will get in the way of really breaking down the strawberries into the other two ingredients.
Once you’ve muddled those ingredients together, add ice to your shaker along with the strawberry vodka and give everything a good shake!
Carefully transfer your cocktail into a tall collins glass, ice and all, and top it with some lemon sparkling water.
Add a lemon wedge and strawberry on the rim as a garnish if you so choose!
This Strawberry Vodka Lemonade is the perfect cocktail for these warm months ahead. I know that I will be having a few of these on the boat this summer! Enjoy and cheers to you, my friend.
Tequila Thursday Cocktails
- 1 oz/2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 oz/4 tbsp strawberry lemonade, 2 oz/4 tbsp strawberry-flavored vodka, 1 - 2 oz/ 2 -4 tbsp sparkling lemon water, 3 - 4 strawberries, lemon slices and strawberries for garnish (optional)
- Add your lemon juice, strawberries, and strawberry lemonade to an empty cocktail shaker. Muddle the three ingredients together making sure to really break up the strawberries so you can release the flavor from them!
- Once you’ve muddled those ingredients together, add ice to your shaker along with the strawberry vodka and give everything a good shake!
- Carefully transfer your cocktail into a tall collins glass, ice and all, and top it with some lemon sparkling water.
- Add a lemon wedge and strawberry on the rim as a garnish if you so choose!
See ideas for substitutions within the post. You can easily adapt this cocktail to whatever you have on hand!
Note: You don’t want to add ice to your shaker until after you muddle your strawberries. It will get in the way of really breaking down the strawberries into the other two ingredients.
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