This Berry Vodka Lemonade is a great drink for the summer. It’s bursting with fruit flavors and as refreshing as classic lemonade. This drink can be made year round thanks to its frozen components. What I like best about this drink is the ice cubes. They’re frozen strawberries in syrup and as they melt, they won’t dilute your drink and it becomes sweeter and sweeter.
So, how’s it taste?
It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s light, it’s fizzy. It’s a drink perfectly suited for summer. Garnished with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge, it’s impressive but made without a lot of fuss. I love how the “ice cubes” melt and make it sweeter and add a fun touch with strawberry slices floating in the drink. Although it’s made for summer, this drink can be made anytime using frozen pink lemonade and frozen cranberry juice. It really is a cinch to put together and tastes just as delicious without the vodka for a non-alcoholic version. I think flavored vodkas or rum would be tasty variations. The lemon-lime soda gives the fizz that I like and helps to cut down on the tart from the lemonade and cranberry juice. This drink will be on my list to make every year I want to enjoy a beverage on the patio.
Berry Vodka Lemonade
adapted from Betty Crocker, Summer Favorites, Summer 2007
makes 12 servings
1 small tub frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
1 can (12 oz.) frozen pink lemonade, thawed
1 can (12 oz.) frozen cranberry juice, thawed
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups vodka
2 cans (12 oz. each) lemon-lime soda
lemon slices, optional for garnish
mint, optional for garnish
1. Spoon strawberries into an ice cube tray and freeze until firm.
2. In a 3-quart pitcher, mix pink lemonade, cranberry juice, water, and vodka. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving, add the lemon-lime soda to the mixture. Serve over the strawberry cubes; garnish with lemon slices and mint.
I love blueberry vodka lemonade (with blueberries in the ice cubes!), but now I’m craving this strawberry one! The colors are soo pretty.
I thought of you as I posted this on Cocktail Friday! Ha ha! Almost any fruit mixes well with lemonade. I’ll have to try the blueberry version!
Perfect! Drinks shouldn’t be a lot of fuss, especially alcoholic ones.
I would like to prepare this but not sure if I should purchase frozen 100% cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail. There doesn’t appear to be any sugar added except in the strawberries? Is the straight cranberry juice & lemonade a little bitter?
You can use cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail. This drink isn’t bitter with the cranberry juice because the lemon-lime soda adds some sugar, but if you prefer it to be a tad bit sweeter, you can go with the cranberry juice cocktail. Generally the cocktail version will be sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, so it tends to be less tart. Enjoy!
Great…thanks. I generally prefer 100% cranberry jc. but it’s harder to find than the cranberry jc. cocktail so that’s what I’ll use…but will add some splenda if necessary to sweeten & my strawberries are in syrup so as they melt it will probably get sweeter???
Right, as the “ice cubes” melt, the drink will get sweeter from the strawberry syrup.