Pretty in pink – this Pink Lemonade Vodka Cocktail is refreshing and fruity with the ideal amount of boozy kick! Featuring two types of liquors, pink lemonade, sparkling soda and fresh lemons, this pink vodka cocktail is the perfect way to toast any occasion!
Update: This post was originally published in February 2015. I made edits to the post below to include more information about making the best pink lemonade cocktail with vodka at home.
Hello friends. Say good-bye to bottomless mimosas, because there’s a new fruity alcoholic drink in town and she’s a real looker! Made with just four simple ingredients, this deliciously sip-able pink lemonade vodka is perfect for any occasion, from Valentine’s day and Galantine’s day, to Mother’s day, Easter, the 4th of July, baby showers and more.
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About this pink lemonade with vodka
Featuring your favorite brand of vodka along with pink lemonade flavored vodka, pink lemonade, and sparkling soda, this cocktail is a delicious blend of sweet and sour flavors. You can make this pink vodka cocktail with either homemade pink lemonade or store-bought, depending upon what you prefer. Either way, this refreshing vodka lemonade drink is a snap to whip together and can easily be made in a pitcher to serve a crowd!
Why you’ll love this pink cocktail
- Just 4 ingredients! Simple ingredients so you can make this lemonade with vodka recipe as soon as it’s five o’clock somewhere.
- Fast and easy to prepare! This vodka lemonade drink comes together in no time at all. Well, you need five minutes if you prefer to be exact.
- Boozy and delicious! With the optimal balance of sweet and tart flavors, this lemonade mixed drink is perfectly refreshing and bibulous.
- Batch-able for a crowd! You can easily big-batch this recipe if you are wanting to make cocktails for a crowd.
- Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Whether you are single, dating, engaged or married, this drink is the perfect Valentine’s day cocktail. Fun fact, this drink was originally named Cupid’s Arrow.
What’s in this pink vodka cocktail?
For this vodka lemonade drink all you need is four items, along with some ice, lemons and a few berries for garnish too. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Vodka – Any brand of this distilled spirit you like. I’m partial to to Grey Goose, Belvedere and Titos, but use what you love.
- Pink Lemonade Vodka – Made with a blend of lemon, strawberry and raspberry flavors, pink vodka lemonade is easy to find. You can grab a decent bottle at the liquor store for around $6.50.
- Substitution: Feel free to swap in citrus vodka, lemon vodka, strawberry vodka, raspberry vodka, or a blend of two.
- Pink Lemonade – You’ll need all natural juice; not the pink lemonade concentrate stuff. You can make it from scratch or use store-bought for convenience. Simply Lemonade, Snapple, Swoon and Minute Maid are some of my favorite brands. And, there’s a recipe for homemade pink lemonade in the notes section of the recipe card below.
- Substitution: Your best bet will be lemonade with raspberry; however, you can use regular lemonade too.
- Lemon Lime Soda – I typically use Sprite; but, any brand will do!
- Substitution: Club soda, sparkling water and seltzer water are fine too.
- Lemon Lime Vodka – Swap out the pink lemonade for sparkling lemon water, such as Limonata Sanpellegrino. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a few lemon and lime wedges.
- Vodka Lemonade – Prefer a mellow yellow beverage to a pink one? Swap out the pink for regular lemonade.
- Raspberry Lemonade Vodka – If you prefer the flavor of raspberries over cranberries, opt to use lemonade with raspberry instead.
- Orange Strawberry Lemonade – Trade the pink lemonade vodka for strawberry vodka lemonade and use orange juice instead of pink juice.
- Blueberry Lemonade – Swap the pink lemonade vodka for regular vodka and use fresh blueberry puree instead of lemonade.
What are the best garnishes for pink cocktails?
While they are entirely optional, garnishes are an integral part of the cocktail experience. Garnishes can intensify the aromas and flavors of the beverage, as well as add visual appeal.
I love topping this easy cocktail with lemon slices and fresh berries, like fresh raspberries or fresh strawberries. Below are some of the best garnishes to add a fun twist to your cocktail:
- Lemons – Citrus wheels, twists and peels are the most common types of cocktail garnishes. However, you can also use dehydrated fruits!
- Flowers – Edible flowers are a wonderful way to add a splash of delightful color.
- Berries – Fresh strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate arils, or even blueberries and blackberries add a beautiful visual as well as fruity flavor.
- Fresh Herbs – If you are looking to add crisp fresh flavor to your drink, throw in a sprig of fresh mint.
How to make vodka lemonade cocktail
This pink cocktail recipe is easier than pie to prepare. All you need is a tall glass and you’ll be quenching your thirst in no time. Here’s what to do:
- Fill a highball or collins glass 3/4 of the way to the top with ice.
- Second, add the regular vodka, lemonade vodka, and pink lemonade. Use a cocktail spoon (or your finger) to stir the ingredients together.
- Next, pour just enough lemon-lime soda to fill up the glass.
- Finally, garnish your cocktail glass with a slice of lemon and a fresh berry or two. Voila! The most perfect pink alcoholic beverage for you.
Tips for the best pink vodka drink
- Batching – You can easily batch this lemonade vodka drink for larger crowds. Combine the vodkas and pink lemonade in a large pitcher or jug. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Just before serving add the ice to the pitcher. Either let your guests help themselves to the lemon-lime soda or add it to each individual glass (versus the pitcher) so it doesn’t turn flat.
- Fresh Lemonade – For the best tasting vodka drink, I recommend making the pink lemonade from scratch. The entire process is super easy and only requires 10 minutes of active time.
- Make your Cocktail to Taste – The best part about playing mixologist at home is YOU get to make the rules! Prefer a stronger flavor in your drink? Throw in some Malibu Rum. Prefer a sweeter drink? Add a splash of a liquid sweetener or a simple syrup.
- Use Cold Ingredients and Plenty of Ice – I recommend using cold ingredients and chilled glassware to make your cocktail. Also, be sure you use a tall glass and plenty of ice. The ice cubes not only chill your drink, but it also provides the ideal amount of dilution to the vodka in this cocktail.
Storing pink lemonade vodka drinks
You can easily make this vodka lemonade ahead of time. Simple combine the vodkas with the pink lemon drink and fresh lemon juice. Then chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. When your guests arrive, add ice, pour in the sparkling beverage and garnish.
This vodka with lemonade tastes best when it is served immediately. However, you can store any leftover drink in fridge for up to 5 days. You can freshen up your drink by adding a splash of soda and a squeeze of citrus juice.
I hope you give this vodka pink lemonade cocktail recipe a try! Let me know how you would personalize this drink in the comments section below. Until next time, cheers!
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How to make a cocktail with vodka and pink lemonade👇
Pink Lemonade with Vodka Cocktail
- 1 Tall Tumbler (Collins Glass or Highball Glass)
- 1 1/2 ounces Vodka - CHILLED
- 1 ounce Pink Lemonade Vodka - CHILLED (substitute: citrus vodka)
- 4 ounces Pink Lemonade - CHILLED (substitute: regular lemonade or lemonade with raspberry) (SEE NOTES)
- 1-2 ounce Lemon Lime Soda (sprite, sierra mist, etc.) - CHILLED, to taste (substitute: club soda or sparkling water)
- For Serving: Ice Cubes
- Optional Garnishes: Lemon Wheels (slices of lemon), Raspberries, Strawberries
- Ice: Fill a tall tumbler glass 3/4 to the top with ice.
- Start Cocktail: Add both vodkas and the pink lemonade to the glass. Use a cocktail spoon to stir and combine.
- Finish Cocktail and Serve: Top the pink lemonade cocktail off with soda and garnish with a slice of lemon and berries if using. Serve cold, immediately. Enjoy!
- A standard shot glass is 1.5 oz.
- You can use store-bought pink lemonade for convenience, or make your own for the best flavor. (See below)
- Make simple syrup: Add the sugar and 1 cup of the water to a small saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the simple syrup from the hot burner and let cool.
- Make lemonade: To a pitcher, add the remaining 3/4 cup of water, cranberry juice, lemon juice and cooled simple syrup. Stir well to combine. Taste and adjust as desired - adding more sugar for sweetness or lemon juice for tartness.
- Chill: Transfer the pitcher to the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour before using.
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