Refreshing Kentucky Lemonade Cocktail


This Kentucky lemonade cocktail is easy to make, and is every bit as refreshing as it is beautiful!  It’s also easy to make non-alcholic!


Sweet, tart, and refreshing with a bourbon kick, this Kentucky lemonade cocktail is everything you could want in a drink.  It’s fun, has familiar and easy to find ingredients, and is easy to customize by making non-alcoholic if you’d prefer it that way!

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We’re officially nearing the end of February, which means Spring is getting closer!!  Who else is ready?  We’ve had a SUPER mild winter here in Ohio, but I’m still excited for all things Spring/Summer.  Cookouts, baseball, shorts, grilling, and fun refreshing drinks, like this Kentucky lemonade cocktail!

This drink you guys… just wow.  I’m not usually one for adding things to my bourbon… I like it on the rocks and that’s it.  BUT… when added to a homemade lemonade with some mint and ginger ale?  Let’s just say, on the rocks is about to be my second favorite way to have bourbon 😉

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There’s just something so fantastic about an ice cold glass of lemonade.  And when that lemonade is homemade?  Whew, it’s the BEST!  Don’t be intimidated by making homemade lemonade, it’s just a simple syrup (sugar and water), plus lemon juice.  Easy peasy!

Psssst…. if you’re looking for other refreshing lemonade drinks, try my Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade and soon to be on the blog, Raspberry Peach Lemonade!

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Obviously this lemonade cocktail is an alcoholic drink, but if you’d prefer an alcohol free version, or want to serve it to kids, then just omit the bourbon.  You could also add some additional ginger ale if you wanted to make the drink stretch a little farther.

I can’t wait to serve this up at a cookout… I know my extended family will LOVE it!!  Plus, I have family from Kentucky, so it’s only natural 🙂

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I also like to take fun drinks like this and add some fancy ice cubes.  I actually did it for these pictures but they melted before I could get some good shots of them lol.  Just take whatever ice cube tray you like (I really love these fun star shaped ones!), and add some lemon zest or chopped mint, top with water and freeze.  It adds and extra element to the drink, plus an extra flavor boost!

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I hope you all give this Kentucky Lemonade Cocktail a try… it really is like taking a sip of sunshine!

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4.34 from 6 votes
8 cups
Kentucky Lemonade Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Kentucky lemonade cocktail is easy to make, and is every bit as refreshing as it is beautiful! It's also easy to make non-alcholic!

Calories: 250 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from approximately 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2-2/3 cup Bourbon (depending on your tastes)
  • 6 cups ginger ale
  • additional lemon slices (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar and water and heat over MED heat.  Heat until sugar dissolves into water and mixture is clear.  Simmer 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

  2. Add lemon juice, mint leaves, and Bourbon, then let mixture cool.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine strainer into a large pitcher to remove solid particles and mint leaves.  Add ginger ale and stir to combine.  Add ice and lemon slices and serve cold.

  4. To serve as pictured:  Add a bit of water, lemon juice or light corn syrup to a shallow plate.  To another shallow plate, add coarse white sugar.  Dip the open end of glasses onto the liquid plate, then onto the sugar plate to create the sugar rim.  Serve drink over ice cubes, garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.

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19 comments on “Refreshing Kentucky Lemonade Cocktail”

  1. Is it too early in the day to have one of these! They sound amazing! I can just picture me this Summer sipping on them!

  2. This looks so refreshing! I want one right now!

  3. Sunshine in a glass, indeed! I could so go for one of these right now, and another mid-afternoon, then while I’m making dinner, and another ….

  4. Summer in a glass…can’t wait to try.

  5. I need one of these right now! Looks so light and refreshing!!

  6. This is my kind of drink! Perfect for poolside! Bring on the sun!

  7. ooooo a lemonade cocktail just sounds perfect right now! These photos are beautiful!

  8. Everything I can say is WOWWWWW. I think it is perfect for everyone who has a stressful day.

  9. Definitely need this right now especially of all the problems that I’m having. Thanks for sharing this! Keep it up.

  10. What could be used in place of the carbonated drinks I can’t have anything that is fizzy ?

    • Hi Robin 🙂 I’m not entirely sure… I suppose you could make homemade ginger ale that would be non-carbonated, or you could open the bottle of ginger ale and let it sit out open so it goes flat and the fizziness goes away?

  11. Silly question … wouldn’t you want the mixture to cool before adding the bourbon so as not to lose the alcohol content 😉 This looks delicious!!

    • Hi Denise 🙂 Since it’s not actively being cooked once the bourbon is added, I don’t think it loses alcohol content since this drink still has plenty of a kick… but if you wanted to wait to add the bourbon, it certainly wouldn’t hurt it 😉

  12. I’m going to make this for a Kentucky Derby Party so will need to make a gallon. How many servings are in this recipe?

  13. I’m not fond of gingerale what could i use instead…maybe Sprite?

  14. Do you think I could use ginger beer instead of ginger ale? This looks delicious!!