Kentucky Lemonade Recipe
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!
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 😉
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!
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 🙂
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!
I hope you all give this Kentucky Lemonade Cocktail a try… it really is like taking a sip of sunshine!
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- 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)
- 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.
- Add lemon juice, mint leaves, and Bourbon, then let mixture cool.
- 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.
- 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.