Whiskey Lemonade Recipe: Easy Two Ingredient Cocktail

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This whiskey lemonade recipe is easy to make with only two ingredients! A classic whiskey lemonade is the perfect, no-fuss summer drink. It’s simple to make, requiring just whiskey and lemonade, and has a delightful blend of sweet and tart. 

Whiskey lemonade made with pink lemonade and garnished with a lemon wheel.

Whether you prefer homemade lemonade or store-bought, this two-ingredient cocktail can be personalized liking. I used pink lemonade to add a fun twist, giving it a vibrant pop of color.

Bourbon’s rich vanilla notes complement the zesty punch of lemonade, making it an excellent choice as a year-round beverage. You can elevate it with additional flavors, tailoring it to your palate.

Check out these easy cocktails using whiskey: Classic whiskey sour, Kentucky mule, and my famous red moon over Manhattan.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A quick and delightful summer drink with just two ingredients.
  • This versatile cocktail allows for different types of lemonade and additional flavors.
  • It appeals to bourbon enthusiasts, pairing the spirit’s vanilla notes with the refreshing taste of lemonade.
Bourbon and pink lemonade to make a cocktail.

How to Make a Perfect Whiskey Lemonade

I’ll cover everything you need to know to make this cocktail recipe. If you prefer to skip, you can scroll to the recipe card.

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

Before making a whiskey lemonade, I ensure my kitchen has the necessary items. Here’s what I need:

  • Lemonade: Pink lemonade is for a fun twist, or stick with the classic regular lemonade. If my Meyer lemons are growing, I’ll make lemonade with fresh lemon juice. I will also buy store-bought lemonade. 
  • Ice: Large ice cubes keep my drink colder longer without diluting it too quickly.
  • Garnish: A few fresh herbs, a lemon slice, and maybe a dash of lemon zest will make the perfect finishing touch.
Brown spirit being poured over ice in a cocktail glass.

Whiskey and Lemonade Variations

I often turn to a classic whiskey and lemonade when I’m in the mood for a refreshing summer cocktail. I start with a smooth whiskey base, then add lemonade for a tart counterpart. But sometimes, I love to spice things up with some fun variations. A splash of maple syrup can elevate the taste, giving it that perfect summery touch.

I enjoy customizing my drink depending on my mood or the occasion. Here’s my list of favorite add-ins:

  • Sweeteners: Experimenting with sweeteners like honey, agave, or simple syrup can quickly transform the classic drink.
  • Herbs: Herbs like rosemary, mint, or basil add a beautiful aromatic twist.
  • Fruit: Muddling in blackberries or adding a wedge of citrus fruit brings a new flavor dimension.
  • Sparkle: Some sparkling water turns it into a fizzy lemonade.
  • Rye: Swapping in rye whiskey gives my lemonade a spicy kick, perfect for a bolder variation.
  • Lemonade Flavors: Use different flavors like watermelon lemonade or honeydew lemonade.

Set up a whiskey lemonade station for gatherings so my friends could create spiked lemonade concoctions. It’s a lovely way for everyone to have fun and customize their drink to taste.

Rye whiskey lemonade in glasses with lemon wheel,

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Jack Daniels and Lemonade Good Together?

Definitely! Jack Daniels creates a fabulous Lynchburg lemonade. It’s a mix of whiskey, triple sec, lemon soda, and sour mix, garnished with lemon for a zesty twist.

Is whiskey lemonade suitable for a vegan diet?

Yes, this recipe is vegan-friendly!

Can I make a non-alcoholic version?

Absolutely! Swap out the whiskey for a sweet, tart, non-alcoholic mixer.

Do I need any special equipment?

No need for fancy gadgets; a simple glass and spoon will do. A fridge to keep it chilled enhances the experience.

Can I incorporate whiskey lemonade into my calorie-conscious diet?

While tasty, remember it’s a treat! Monitor the calories, especially from the sour mix and soda.

What are some popular whiskey brands to use for whiskey lemonade?

Some popular whiskey brands that taste great mixed with lemonade include:
Bulleit Bourbon
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
Maker’s Mark
Wild Turkey

What is a Good Mixer With Whiskey?

  • Cola: Classic and sweet.
  • Ginger ale: Adds a spicy kick.
  • Club soda: For a lighter touch.
  • Sweet vermouth: Perfect for a Manhattan cocktail.
  • Coffee: For a warm and comforting beverage.

Can you buy pre-mixed whiskey lemonade in a can?

Yes, some brands sell pre-mixed cocktails in cans. These are perfect for on-the-go or when you don’t want to mix your own drinks. Check your local liquor store or online retailers.

Cocktail with lemon in short glass with ice.

More Recipes You’ll Love

Pair this drink with any of my favorite lemon recipes.

Also, check out more great cocktail recipes, our favorite brunch recipes, the best-mixed drinkstequila cocktails, vodka cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

The bourbon lemonade cocktail should be flavorful, refreshing, and easy to make. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors all summer until you master the ideal drink.

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Whiskey Lemonade Recipe

This bourbon lemonade is easy to make with only two ingredients! It is a great cocktail for game day, Father's Day, or summer sipping.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 3 ounces lemonade, pink or regular
  • 1/2 cup ice


  • Fill a short glass with ice.
  • Pour 3 ounces of lemonade over the ice.
  • Add 1 ounce of whiskey.
  • Garnish with fresh mint, basil, rosemary, or a cocktail cherry.


  • A cocktail shaker can be used for a colder beverage. Combine ingredients with ice, shake for 20 seconds, and then strain into an ice-filled glass.
  • Mix in a teaspoon of maple syrup or simple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Increase the whiskey amount for a bolder flavor.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 1mg
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