Hiya there… feeling like something cold, something refreshing and something a little bit naughty? Maybe an adult slushy? I have just the thing. Spiked Strawberry lemonade.
This is one of those drinks that is pretty. I mean look at it. It looks like the kind of drink you enjoy poolside with a little umbrella just shooting the breeze with friends. The drink you order in secret at a fancy restaurant and quickly drink before other notice . Or the drink you chug the second you step foot at a tropical vacation destination.
It was a burger kind of day for us today. Pretty hot and humid but felt OK on the deck in the shade. So burgers and corn on the grill just felt nice. And we can’t grill without a cold fruity drink. I mean c’mon.
2 ingredients that we always have on hand: strawberries and lemons. Since I make smoothies basically all the time, I always keep strawberries, fresh or frozen. And lemons are always always always in my fridge. I am a self-proclaimed lemon freak. I squeeze lemon juice on everything and anything! So yes lemons are always around.
What makes this spiked and fabulous? Vodka my friends. Vodka.
Crush some ice. And. BOOM. Let the summer party begin.
Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
Notes: Feel free to adjust vodka if you want it lighter or stronger. Also if you use frozen strawberries you will not need to add very much ice. If using fresh strawberries you will need to add more ice.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 ½ – 2 cups strawberries* (frozen or fresh)
- 3 ounces or 6 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 ounces or 6 tablespoons vodka
- 3 tablespoons Cointreau or orange liqueur
- Additional strawberries and lemon slices for garnish, if desired
Place 4 pretty glasses in the freezer.
To make simple syrup, Add sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Let it cool and put in fridge while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
In a blender, add strawberries, lemon juice, vodka, liqueur, simple syrup and a handful of ice.
Serve in cold glasses with a strawberry and lemon slice garnish. Enjoy pool, lake or beach side. Even if it is a plastic kid pool 😉