Gallery: 12 Easy Lemonade Variations

Classic Lemonade
Classic Lemonade
A classic simple lemonade with balanced sweetness and acidity.

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Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
Sweet ripe strawberries are macerated with sugar and jalapeños for a sweet, hot, and totally refreshing summer drink. Like Strawberry Shortcake wearing hot pants.

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Raspberry Limeade
Raspberry Limeade
In this take on the Raspberry Lime Rickey, fresh raspberries are pureed with lime juice and just the right amount of sugar. Serve ice cold, with a splash of gin or vodka if you'd like.

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Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Blended watermelons provide most of the liquid for this light and refreshing variation. Be careful not to over-muddle the mint or its flavor will get bitter and harsh. A few light bashes with a wooden spoon should do.

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Fizzy Ginger Lemonade
Fizzy Ginger Lemonade
Fizzy, tart, and just a hint of ginger spice, this is the perfect drink to accompany a hot Thai or Chinese meal, or just a hot night.

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Cucumber-Basil Lemonade with Lemongrass
Cucumber-Basil Lemonade with Lemongrass
Thai flavors of basil and lemongrass combine with cooling cucumber in this mildly savory but totally drinkable tart lemonade variation.

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Brazilian Lemonade (With Limes and Condensed Milk)
Brazilian Lemonade (With Limes and Condensed Milk)
Brazilian-style lemonade is made with fresh lime juice and sweetened with condensed milk. It's a richer, sweeter version of the lemonade we're used to, and excellent with a shot of Cachaça.

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Blackberry-Sage Lemonade
Blackberry-Sage Lemonade
You usually think of sage as a savory herb, but its camphorous, slightly minty aroma works well in this sweet drink made with blackberries and lemon.

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Honey-Basil Lemonade
Honey-Basil Lemonade
This simple lemonade variation combines fresh basil with a touch of honey.

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Peach-Thyme Lemonade
Peach-Thyme Lemonade
A thick, rich, and frothy peach-based lemonade lightly scented with thyme. This is the kind of thing you'd want to add a shot of vodka or bourbon to. At least, I'd want to.

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Lychee-Thai Chili Lemonade
Lychee-Thai Chili Lemonade
Sweet fresh lychees are cut with the heat of a Thai chili and tart lemon juice to make for a balanced, refreshing summer cooler.

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Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
If you could cram everything about summer into a glass, it would be this blueberry lavender lemonade. It's sweet, floral, and refreshing. Doctor it up with vodka or tequila, or drink it straight and cold from the refrigerator, barely pausing to pour it from the pitcher. You could try raspberries or strawberries, but for the tastiest, prettiest punch, your best bet is a blueberry.

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