5 Classic cocktails that are even better when you add lemonade

Jul 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. ET

No need to add simple syrup to any of these drinks; just use lemonade. The sweet, tangy flavor of storebought lemonade is ideal for making cocktails, and the citrus-y kick brings out a boom of flavor in these tasty, just-for-adults beverages...

Lemonade-pina-colada

... such as this piña colada, for example. A glug of lemonade gives it a sweet, tangy spin.

Lemonade-pina-colada-with-pineapple

Creamy coconut and bright lemon flavors are heavenly together.

Lemonade-pina-colata-in-glass

Lemonade piña colada recipe

A piña colada made with lemonade adds another layer of freshness with a touch of tanginess.

Serves 3

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 3 cups crushed ice
  • 3 fresh pineapple wedges, for garnish
  • 3 lemon slices, for garnish
  • 3 maraschino cherries, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the lemonade, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, rum and crushed ice.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting.
  3. Pour into serving glasses, and garnish with pineapple, lemon and a cherry.
  4. Serve right away.

Pink-lemonade-mojito

Pink lemonade and mint are a match made in heaven. This pink lemonade mojito is almost too pretty to drink. (OK, well, maybe not that pretty.)

Pink-lemonade-mojitos

Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day, too.

Pink-lemonade-mojitos-with-mint

Pink lemonade mojito recipe

The ultimate refreshing cocktail, served over ice with lemon, mint and club soda.

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups lemonade
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups club soda
  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 lemon wedges, for garnish
  • 2 small sprigs mint, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To the serving glasses, add about 1/2 the ice.
  2. Add the lemonade and grenadine syrup, and stir together.
  3. Add the club soda and rum, and stir.
  4. Gently roll the mint leaves between your hands a couple of times.
  5. Rub the mint leaves around the rims of the glasses.
  6. Add the mint leaves to the serving glasses.
  7. Top with the remaining ice.
  8. Garnish each glass with lemon and mint.
  9. Serve right away.

Lemonade-tequila-sunrise

Lemonade adds some sunshine to this tequila sunrise. It tastes as good as it looks.

Lemonade-tequila-sunrise-in-glass

And it even has a cherry on top, for good measure.

lemonade-tequila-sunrise-cocktail

How lovely is that?

Lemonade-tequila-sunrise-drinks

Lemonade tequila sunrise recipe

Lemonade adds even more bright, piquant notes to this delicious cocktail.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chilled lemonade
  • 1-1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 cup chilled orange juice
  • 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
  • 1 lemon slice, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry, stem on, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a cocktail shaker, add the lemonade, tequila and orange juice. Shake it up.
  2. Pour the lemonade mixture into the serving glass.
  3. Tilt the serving glass slightly, and slowly pour the grenadine syrup along the side of the glass so that it goes to the bottom, underneath the lemonade mixture.
  4. Garnish with the lemon and cherry.
  5. Serve right away.

Strawberry-basil-lemonade-cocktail

Strawberries, basil and lemons bring out the best in one another, and taste divine in this refreshing cocktail.

Strawberry-basil-lemonade

Putting your feet up and relaxing is required when sipping this drink.

Strawberry-lemonade-basil-drink

Strawberry, basil and lemonade daiquiri recipe

A delightful cocktail made with lemonade, strawberries and basil is is as pretty as it is refreshing and delicious.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 a lime, juiced
  • 2 ounces white or gold rum
  • 4 basil leaves, thinly diced
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 lemon slice, for garnish
  • 1 strawberry, for garnish
  • 1 small sprig basil, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a cocktail shaker, add the strawberries and sugar.
  2. Muddle the strawberries with the sugar. (Use the end of a wooden spoon to smash the strawberries with the sugar.)
  3. Add the lemonade, lime juice, rum, basil and ice cubes.
  4. Shake for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a serving glass.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon, a strawberry and basil.
  7. Serve right away.

Blueberry-lemonade-margarita

Lemon and blueberries are a classic combo that definitely holds true in this margarita.

Blueberry-lemonade-margarita-in-glass

A perfect cocktail to enjoy on its own...or even with Mexican food.

Blueberry-lemonade-margarita-cocktail

Blueberry-lemonade margarita recipe

A delicious blend of lemonade and blueberries makes up this margarita. A truly refreshing combination of flavors.

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups lemonade
  • 1/3 cup (4 ounces) tequila
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (for the margarita)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • Margarita salt, for rimming the glasses (optional)
  • 1 lemon quarter, for rimming the glasses (optional)
  • 3 lemon slices, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons blueberries, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the lemonade, tequila, blueberries, lime juice and ice cubes.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting.
  3. Rim the serving glasses with the lemon and the margarita salt.
  4. Pour into the serving glasses, and garnish with lemon and blueberries.
  5. Serve right away.

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