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Healthy Lemonade Cocktails That Pack a Refreshingly Sweet Bite

Hard Iced Coffee Lemonade

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You may or may not have heard that people are putting lemonade in iced coffee now. If you're a little confused, just know that it's like a coffee-lovers version of an Arnold Palmer. But this trick doesn't just jazz up your afternoon cup of joe—add some alcohol and it becomes a boozy cocktail perfect for warm weather. Give this Hard Iced Coffee Lemonade recipe a try, and you just might love it.

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Vodka Pear Lavender Lemonade

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Grab some fresh or dried lavender to make a homemade lavender simple syrup for this Vodka Pear Lavender Lemonade. Add fresh pear and lemon juice for a creative (and so refreshing) summer cocktail. (P.S. You can use some of the extra lavender to flavor your water too.)

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Passion Tea Lemonade Cocktail

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Remember when Starbucks rolled out those ruby red Passion Iced Tea Lemonades and people went berserk? This is the adult-only, happy-hour version and, yes, you can whip up a Passion Tea Lemonade Cocktail with just three ingredients: Passion fruit tea, Limoncello, and ice.

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Bourbon Cherry Cooler

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This Bourbon Cherry Cooler is a fresh spin on a sweet, dark cocktail, so it's perfect for the summer's transition into fall. Make your own lemonade with lemon juice and simple syrup, then add cherries, Aperol, sparkling water, and bourbon for a happy hour filled with flavor.

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Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

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Forget those sickeningly-sweet pre-flavored vodkas—DIY your own strawberry-infused booze (it's easier than you think) for this Strawberry Vodka Lemonade. Just let strawberries sit in a mason jar with vodka for one week, mix with sparkling lemon soda, and enjoy!

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Jalapeño Vodka Lemonade

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Don't let these cute cocktails fool you—this Jalapeno Vodka Lemonade packs some serious heat. The spice comes from jalapeno-infused vodka (another DIY project that will impress your friends), but is diluted with a simple homemade lemonade recipe: Fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and water. (Serve alongside one of these breakfast tacos for the best brunch ever.)

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Whiskey Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup

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This Whiskey Lemonade gets a twist from a dark, smokey spirit and a simple syrup with honey instead of sugar. The result? A grown-up lemonade that's more cocktail party than playtime.

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The Long Hope

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This sophisticated cocktail, called the Long Hope, blends cucumber, mint, and honeydew melon juice with homemade lemonade and gin to create a refreshingly sweet and fruity drink that's just right for warm-weather sipping. (If cool cucumber is right up your alley, try these other cucumber cocktails.)

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Earl Grey Infused Vodka and Lemonade

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Forget spiced Arnold Palmer or Long Island Iced Teas (because there's not even any tea in that last one anyway). This quick and easy Earl Grey Lemonade cocktail puts a fancy spin on spiked tea. (And If you're a fan of brewing and boozing, give this Cozy and Comforting Green Tea Cocktail a try.)

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Grown-Up Pink Lemonade

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Sometimes you want a kiddie-style cocktail with the hardness of an adult-only beverage. Introducing the Grown-Up Pink Lemonade—all the sweetness and cutesy color of your average pink lemonade, with the added sophistication of vodka and triple sec. What's not to love?

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Rose and Terragon Gin Lemonade

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This gorgeous Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade takes evening cocktails to next-level chic. Bright gin, sprigs of fresh tarragon, ice, sparkling rose lemonade, and rose petals (to make it look pretty, obvs) come together for a quick cocktail that's much easier to make (and drink) than it looks.

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Coconut Lavender Lemonade

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Coconut basically makes everything better, so why not add it to a Coconut Lavender Lemonade cocktail? This pretty purple drink uses fresh lavender simple syrup and coconut water to make a boozy treat that packs a healthy punch. (Really—here are the benefits of drinking coconut water.)

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