This whiskey lemonade is so easy to make with only 2 ingredients! Learn how to make the perfect bourbon lemonade. Plus, we’ll show you how to take it up a notch with fun flavor additions.
If you’re looking for a drink that’s perfect year-round, this whiskey and lemonade cocktail is a perfect way to go. It’s delicious, easy to mix, and refreshing.
We love this easy cocktail because it’s made with 2 simple ingredients. It’s incredibly easy to whip up and can be made with homemade lemonade or store-bought lemonade. You can also use pink lemonade (like we did) or regular lemonade.
It’s also a great cocktail for whiskey bourbon drinkers. Anyone who loves the warm, vanilla flavors of whiskey will love this drink, especially during the summer.
How to Make a Perfect Whiskey Lemonade
A classic whiskey lemonade combines the following ingredients:
Whiskey – Bourbon or Rye Whiskey will work.
Lemonade – Pink lemonade or regular lemonade will work.
Ice – Larger cubed ice cubes are best for this drink.
Herbs and Lemon Slice – To garnish the cocktail.
You can use storebought lemonade, but of course, homemade fresh-squeezed lemonade adds a special touch.
Pink lemonade will give the cocktail a pretty ombre look if you pour the bourbon over the pink lemonade.
To prepare your drink, simply pour the lemonade over a short glass filled with ice.
Next, add in the whiskey and garnish the cocktail.
If you want to use a cocktail shaker to create a colder drink you can do that. Just add the ingredients into the shaker with ice, shake for 20 seconds, then strain over a glass filled with ice.
Whiskey and Lemonade Variations
Whiskey and lemonade is a popular cocktail because it’s easy to throw together with just two simple ingredients. However, if you want to make it fancier and taste more interesting, there are several variations you can try.
The most popular addition to a whiskey lemonade is maple syrup. Just a dash will sweeten up the drink and make it taste more summery.
Here are other whiskey lemonade additions you can experiment with:
- Rosemary springs
- Agave sweetener
- Muddled blackberries
- Sparkling water
- Simple syrup flavors
- Citrus fruits
- Vanilla extract
- Rye Whiskey to make a Rye Whiskey Lemonade
The options are endless, and everyone will like different flavors. If you are hosting a summer party, you could set up a simple whiskey lemonade station where guests can mix in their own additions.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use all types of whiskey for your hard lemonade, but we recommend Jack Daniels. In fact, Jack Daniels fans love Lynchburg lemonades, which is named for the Tennessee town where the Jack Daniels distillery is located.
A Lynchburg lemonade combines triple sec, lemon soda, sour mix, and Jack Daniel’s Old Whiskey number 7 for a refreshing and strong poolside drink garnished with a lemon.
Jack Daniel’s isn’t your only option for a great whiskey lemonade. You could also use Jim Beam rye whiskey for a delicious rye whiskey lemonade. Another option is to mix in whiskey’s close cousin, bourbon.
If you want to ap up the fruity flavor, Four Roses Single-Malt Whiskey packs a punch with cherry and plum tasting notes.
For a distinguished flavor profile, go for an Irish whiskey. Redbreast adds notes of sherry, spiced apple, and cream.
What is a Good Mixer With Whiskey?
If you want to make a refreshing whiskey drink, but lemonade isn’t your thing, try these other whiskey mixers:
- Ginger ale
- Tonic water
- Lime soda
- Sparkling water
- Dr. Pepper
- Red Bull
- Cherry soda
The great thing about whiskey is that it mixes well with several different flavor profiles. Have fun experimenting until you find your go-to drink.
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The Perfect Bourbon Lemonade
The perfect bourbon lemonade cocktail should be flavorful, refreshing, and easy to make. Not only is it delicious and easy to make, but it’s also easy to customize. Have fun experimenting with different flavors all summer until you master the perfect drink.
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Whiskey Lemonade Recipe
- 1 ounce whiskey
- 3 ounces lemonade, pink or regular
- Pour the lemonade over a short glass filled with ice.
- Add in the whiskey and garnish the cocktail with an herb and lemon slice.