Vodka lemonade punch is a fun easy beverage for your next backyard barbecue! It’s simple to make and super refreshing!

Two tall glasses of lemonade with green and white straws, a can of white claw in the background.

Summertime and lemonade. Hand in hand, right? Icy cold, tart, and refreshing — just the beverage you need on a hot summer day.

And how about a splash of vodka and a little fizz in that lemonade? Still with me? Long day playing with the kids at the beach/park/zoo/etc.? Put them to bed and wait for that sweet, sweet, sweet silence. Pour yourself a little cocktail and bring out the cards to play some euchre with friends and family, or just relax on a deck chair and watch the fireflies.

Are you liking the picture I’m painting? I sure am.

You can’t beat the pure simplicity of a drink made with lemonade, vodka, and seltzer. With pre-made lemonade, it’s even easier. And I like easy, don’t you?

About this recipe

It’s easy! It’s refreshing! You’ll love it! If you like lemonade, you’ll love this cocktail. If you like lemon drop martinis, you’ll love this cocktail. Stir up a pitcher or make individual cocktails. Serve it in a tall chilled glass, with a straw if you like.

Glasses of iced beverage with a green and white paper straw and an orange wedge.

What you need

  • Lemonade: There’s a lot of flexibility here. Make your own lemonade or buy it already made. The balance of tart/sweet will depend on the kind of lemonade you use. Newman’s Own or Uncle Matt’s have the best overall flavor; Simply Lemonade isn’t bad either. You can use a frozen concentrate (with the water added) if you like.
  • Simple Syrup: Whether you add simple syrup or not depends on how sweet you like your cocktail. Make your own flavor-infused simple syrup if you want to add a twist.
  • Vodka: Use your favorite brand or try Absolut Citron vodka for even more lemon flavor.
  • Lime White Claw: White Claw is a flavored carbonated beverage with 5% alcohol content. It’s sold in 12-oz. cans in a variety of flavors. It adds flavor, fizz, and a little more buzz to your cocktail. Keep reading for substitutions.
  • Lemon and Lime Slices: Fresh citrus slices add so much fun and excitement to your punch. If you’re making a pitcher, stir them into right into the pitcher. For individual servings, garnish the glasses with a slice of each.
  • Ice: You’ll need lots of fresh ice because it’s summer and it’s hot and cold drinks need to be icy cold, right?
Lemonade being poured into a glass from a large glass pitcher.

How to make vodka lemonade punch

Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher and pour into chilled tall glasses. Relax and enjoy!

White claw being poured into a large pitcher of lemonade.

As always, drink responsibly. Like my mom always said (and still says) before I went out with friends, choose a DD (designated driver) before the festivities begin.

Make it your own

There’s so many ways to alter this recipe to make it your own creation. Here’s a few ideas:

  • The lemonade you use makes a lot of difference. Find the one you like best.
  • Omit the vodka for a low alcohol drink.
  • Instead of White Claw, try plain club soda or seltzer. They’ll add fizz but not as much sweetness and no extra alcohol.
  • Instead of lemon and lime slices, garnish with a sprig of rosemary, mint, or basil.
  • Try raspberry lemonade with Raspberry White Claw.

Make Ahead Ideas

Prepare the lemonade, if necessary, and cut the citrus slices. Make sure everything is chilled and you have plenty of ice. You can stir everything together ahead of time, except the White Claw, and refrigerate it. Once the White Claw is added, the punch should be served immediately.

Overhead view of spiked lemonade in a pitcher.

More summer sippers

Cool off with a variety of summer drinks. Try:

Two glasses of vodka lemonade garnished with orange wedges.

Vodka Lemonade

Yield: 4 large servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Vodka lemonade punch is a great, easy, beverage for your next backyard barbecue! It's simple to make and super refreshing!

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces lemonade, chilled
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce simple syrup, optional (see note)
  • 24 ounces lime White Claw, chilled (see note)
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices, optional
  • Lime slices, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the sliced citrus, lemonade, vodka, simple syrup, and White Claw to a large pitcher and stir.
  2. Pour into glasses over ice, garnish with citrus, and serve immediately with a straw, if desired.

Notes

  • Simple syrup can be omitted depending on how sweet or tart you like your drink. 
  • Add ¼ cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice for more tartness.
  • The tart and sweet level will depend on the kind of lemonade used - I recommend using Newman’s Own, Uncle Matt’s or Simply Lemonade. If you prefer, make your own homemade lemonade.
  • Use club soda or lime seltzer instead of White Claw to reduce calories or if it’s just what you prefer.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 14 oz. glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 1g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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