Summer Lemonade (with vodka)

by Lee Rose Emery

There’s nothing like a cold glass of lemonade in the heat of summer. Better yet is a one with vodka in it. I’m positive that you have your own blossoming lemon tree in your garden and squeeze your own lemon juice regularly, but I personally like this 5 minute short cut yet (seemingly) fancy version, with fresh strawberries. The virgin recipe is for the kids. The alcoholic version is for Mom courtesy of the folks at Voli Vodka. Voli is a low calorie vodka that comes in a wild variety of flavors. I am mostly a purist when it comes to vodka, but the Lemon Voli is delicious on its own or mixed with anything.


(how can you refuse a drink of that name?)

1 ½ oz Voli Lyte

2 oz Lemonade

1 oz Agave Nectar

In a mixing tin add ice, Voli Lyte, Lemonade, Strawberry, agave, and shake. Strain into a martini glass, and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a a strawberry.






I use one jug Trader Joe’s Organic Lemonade (I like this one as it is made with sugar and not high fructose corn syrup.)

½ cup fresh strawberries

A handful of fresh mint leaves ***

1) Pour the lemonade in a pretty pitcher. (Hide the big plastic jug!)

2) Blend the strawberries in a blender with a little lemonade.

3) Add the strawberry mixture to the pitcher of lemonade. Stir.

4) Garnish with a handful of mint.

Serve it up, and bask in your faux Martha Stewart summer moment.

You can also experiment with different fruits. I like blueberries, peaches or blackberries.

(Mint is actually super easy to grow in LA, and I have a completely brown thumb. Here’s what you do. Buy a little pot of it at the farmer’s market, and plant it in a planter with some dirt and place it in a sunny spot. Give it a little water every other day, and it will grow like mad.  People will think you are incredibly  fabulous when you add sprigs of mint to everything, or tie it up in a ribbon and bring it to a brunch. “Here’s a little something from my garden…”)

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