Daytime Blue Ridge: Lemonade Drinks For Summer Sipping

In the summer heat, nothing refreshes and cools like an ice-cold glass of Lemonade. With that in mind, here is a simple recipe for making your own Lemonade, as well as a few drink recipes featuring the most thirst-quenching summer beverage of all.

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Lemonade Made Three Different Ways

Making your own lemonade is quite simple. Plus, when made at home, you can adjust ingredients to your specific taste!

1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Freshly-squeezed Lemon Juice
4 cups Water

Bring 1 cube water to just boiling
Stir in Sugar Until dissolved
Stir in Lemon Juice
Allow to cool
In a Pitcher, stir in 4 cups water (or to desired dilution)

A Shandy is quite simply equal parts Beer and some type of Lemon or Lemon-Lime mixer. It is often made with citrus-flavored soda, but here I like to depend on the beer for the slight carbonation and use the homemade Lemonade that has been made to taste.

6 ounces Lemonade
6 ounces Lager or Pilsner Beer
Lemon Wedge for Garnish

Fill tumbler or glass halfway with lemonade
Top with equal part Lager or Pilsner beer
Garnish with Lemon Wedge

Strawberry Mint Lemonade Smash
With a few simple ingredients, your Lemonade will absolutely shine in this easy-to-make cocktail!

1 Strawberry
4 – 5 fresh Mint Leaves
1 1/2 ounces Vodka
3 1/2 ounces Lemonade
Lemon Wedge and/or Strawberry for Garnish

In cocktail glass, muddle Strawberry and Mint
Fill glass with ice
Add vodka
Add lemonade
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Strawberry

Bourbon-Spiked Lemonade
Easy-to-make and easy-to drink!

1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
3 1/2 ounces Lemonade
Lemon Wheel for Garnish

In cocktail shaker, add Bourbon and Lemonade
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into ice-filled cocktail glass
Garnish with Lemon Wedge

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