Colorful Spiked Berry Lemonade made with fresh strawberries, blueberries and mint. Vodka and triple sec are added for a delicious spin on the traditional lemonade!
Even though summer is officially over I still like to drink lemonade year round. It is crisp, light, and refreshing.
There is nothing easier than making your own lemonade at home. Lemonade only requires 3 simple ingredients that you most likely will have on hand. I decided to spruce up my old fashioned lemonade recipe with some fresh berries and alcohol. I top each glass with sparkling water and garnish with extra lemon slices.
The best part of this drink is eating the berries soaked in the lemonade and vodka at the bottom of your glass.
This Spiked Berry Lemonade starts off with a simple syrup. The purpose of the simple syrup is to sweeten the lemonade throughout. Adding sugar directly to the lemonade with cause the sugar to sink right to the bottom.
To make the simple syrup, boil water and sugar over medium high heat. Boil until the sugar dissolves completely.
The toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the syrup to cool. I end up taking the simple syrup out of the saucepan and into another container to cool faster. I also place the container in the freezer for a couple of minutes to speed up the process. Make sure the liquid is cool to the touch. We don’t want warm lemonade!
This Spiked Berry Lemonade is not too sweet or too tart. It is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
You can always make this drink non-alcoholic and skip on the vodka and triple sec. This lemonade tastes just as good without alcohol.
For a twist add basil instead of mint. Basil and blueberries go great together!
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Spiked Berry Lemonade
- 4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves
- 1 ounce sparkling water per glass, optional
To make the simple syrup add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar dissolves. Take about 2 minutes. Take off the heat and allow to cool completely. (Place in the freezer and in a different container to cool quicker)
Add cooled simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, triple sec, strawberries, blueberries and mint to a large pitcher. Stir to combine.
Pour into glasses. Top each glass with 1 ounce of sparkling water per glass. This is optional but gives the lemonade a nice fizz. Add the sparkling water to the glass not the pitcher to ensure the drink does not go flat. Enjoy!
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