10 Fresh and Fruity Lemonade Recipes to Beat the Heat

Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade
Photo: Lisa Romerein

On a hot summer day, few things beat an icy-cold lemonade. Fresh additions—fruits, juices, herbs, spices, even alcohol—make these lemonade recipes the best way to beat the heat.

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Berry Lemonade

berry lemonade beverages on table

If you have time, and the season's right, ditch the concentrate and make this raspberry lemonade using fresh ingredients. Lemons, raspberries, and strawberries give this easy mocktail recipe a triple dose of fruity goodness. For the truest fruit flavor, squeeze the lemons yourself.

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Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Revamp an old-fashioned lemonade recipe using fresh fruit and sparkling water. Our top picks for excellent add-ins? Watermelon wedges and fresh strawberries sweetened with agave.

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Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade

Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade
Lisa Romerein

The secret to this fresh lemonade recipe is grilled lemon and rosemary. The puckery lemonade gets an irresistible smoky flavor with lovely floral notes, thanks to lavender buds. If you like, enjoy the drink with a splash of vodka.

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Basil Lemon Drop

Basil Lemon Drop

If you're ready for the next step up from a lemon drop cocktail, mix basil-infused vodka with an equal ratio of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. (Recommended dessert pairing: Lemon Drop Cupcakes.)

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Big-Batch Rosemary Lemonade

Big-Batch Rosemary Lemonade
Blaine Moats

If you're making lemonade for a crowd, look no further than this recipe. Rosemary adds an herbal flavor that'll have guests coming back for seconds. A hint of almond extract and sparkling water make a truly one-of-a-kind beverage.

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Pink Lemonade Slush

Pink Lemonade Slush

Enjoy a slushie drink like the ones you loved as a kid. Ruby raspberries and concentrated pink lemonade marry in this icy-cold sipper. A splash of lemon-lime soda (or lemon-lime sparkling water, for less sugar and fewer calories) gives it bubbly appeal.

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Melon and Mint Lemonade

Melon and Mint Lemonade

Mint and ripe melon create a fresh honeydew lemonade so delicious, we almost guarantee you'll want to pour yourself a second glass. This fresh mix with simple syrup offers a just-right taste of fresh and sweet. To give a hint of the sweet flavors to come, garnish the drink with cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls.

Test Kitchen Tip: For the best results, seek out a melon with a strong floral scent.

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Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
Andy Lyons

Every last sip of this four-ingredient lemonade cocktail is bursting with berry flavor. The homemade blackberry-rosemary syrup gives it dramatic color. Once you've mastered the original version, move on to a blueberry lemonade-bourbon blend.

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Electric Lemonade Cocktail

Electric Lemonade
Karla Conrad

Shake up your citrus cocktail routine by mixing sprigs of mint and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend them with sugar, ginger ale, and water until they're the right consistency for a superb slushie. For the adults, shift into Happy Hour and layer this icy mocktail over a shot or two of vodka.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
Helen Norman

If your kids love juice drinks and sodas, slowly lower their sugar intake with this sweet and simple strawberry lemonade. Its vibrant color will lure them in and you can easily add bubbles with sparkling water. Because this pink lemonade includes naturally sweet fruit, you can start with only one cup of sugar and, if needed, add a bit more to taste.

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