12 Zesty Ways to Enjoy Lemonade

Prepare to be refreshed.

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That someone could taste a lemon and say, "I'm going to make a sweet, refreshing drink out of this," is a testament to human ingenuity. Honor that pioneer's visionary spirit by enjoying the refreshing power of lemonade in all its forms: on its own, as a mixer, and as part of a summery dessert. Summer will be fall before you know it, so make sure you're getting the most out of it with something sweet, sour, and delightfully cold.

1. Cherry Limeade

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Limeade is lemonade's zestier cousin; when it's paired with a nice hit of cherry juice, you'll have a beverage to remember.

Get the recipe on Laylita.

2. Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

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This pretty sip brings many of summer's best ingredients together in one vivid glass. Naturally sweet and with all the flavor of bright raspberries, cooling watermelon, and tangy lemons, this drink is so good you might be tempted to skip cocktail hour altogether.

Get the recipe on Gourmande in the Kitchen.

3. Miniature Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Pink lemonade might conjure memories of your fourth birthday party, but here it gets a delicious edge in the form of cheesecake-inspired ice cream sandwiches. Also, you get to buy a box of Nilla Wafers, and those things rule.

Get the recipe on Cravings of a Lunatic.

4. Sparkling Honey Rosemary Lemonade

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Just when you thought lemonade couldn't get any more refreshing, this sparkling number with a hint of rosemary and honey arrives on the scene.

Get the recipe on Nutmeg Nanny.

5. Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

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On hot days, nothing beats a tall glass of boozy refreshment. Fresh strawberries don't hurt either.

Get the recipe on Nutmeg Nanny.

6. Limonana (Middle Eastern-Style Frozen Mint Lemonade)

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Every summer needs a signature drink, so this year, why not make this minty amazing limonana yours?

Get the recipe on An Edible Mosaic.

7. Lemonade Sorbet

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When it's so hot you don't even want to think of eating, it's probably time to bust out the lemonade sorbet.

Get the recipe on Like Mother Like Daughter.

8. Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this creative lemonade recipe, fragrant lavender is balanced beautifully by the mellow sweetness of honey. Whether you're enjoying an afternoon with friends or need to quench a serious thirst, this drink is going to hit the spot.

Get the recipe on Wonky Wonderful.

9. Strawberry Lemonade Fizz

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No matter how old or wizened you might be, everyone loves a fizzy drink (especially if you add a slug of vodka).

Get the recipe on Wonky Wonderful.

10. Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzer

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To the uninitiated, spritzers can seem a little tame, but after just one fizzy, sweet sip, you're sure to be a convert.

Get the recipe on Spoonful of Flavor.

11. Spinach Lemonade

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Hit the reset button with this pleasantly green lemonade juice recipe featuring lemons, cucumbers, pears, and apples.

Get the recipe on Nosh and Nourish.

12. Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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Basil adds an unexpected herbal hit to this classic strawberry lemonade recipe.

Get the recipe on Running to the Kitchen.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, 
Brooklyn Supper.


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Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.