Happy Hour Lemonade Recipe

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Happy Hour Lemonade – A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

“Rollin’ down the street, fightin’ my children, sippin’ on gin and lemonade
Laid back… With my mind on happy hour and happy hour on my mind…”  

 

OH! Hey Hey Hello! TGIF, friends! For me, this week just flew by, I can’t even remember talking about that awesome Baked Oatmeal, nor can I recall all the ingredients I used in my Fiesta Rice. Good thing this internets stuff exists – all I have to do is hit the back button. YAY for the easy life!

But, I’m in a lemonade mood right now. And by mood, I guess I mean phase. I’m really into it, especially when there’s a twist. Like a big ole bubbly and boozy twist. I’m into it.

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

I haven’t had a babysitter in over a month now, and wherever I go, including Target (YES, I take my kids to a babysitter, aka my Mom, when I need to run to Target because ➡) the little ones have to come with me and it’s a scream fest. I’m no Mom expert, but taking kids to Target?!? DON’T! Every Pet Shop toy, every Barbie, every darn Frozen themed ANYTHING!! All of that HAS to make it to the cart. And when I leave those toys at the register, asking the kind cashier to put them back, well… can you just guess what happens? Yah. Scream Fest 2016. It’s dang loud. And sometimes very embarrassing.

ON the other hand, they really are well behaved, nice kids, but something happens when they see toys. There’s a switch and they turn into monsters. 

I LOVE my babies so much and thank God daily for them, but you know… as evidence states, mommy life calls for a Happy Hour Lemonade.  

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

BUT. Seriously. Lemonade and vodka? And gin? I’m losing my mind, right? For a good reason, though – I’m celebrating ME!
AND ALL YOU MAMAS, too.

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

If you’re hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch or going to a summer picnic soon, AND want to mix up something tasty, hit the print button now!

…I am so demanding.

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

But, no, really. This lemonade recipe is pretty darn good and simple to make. I picked up a carton of Just 15 Calories Lemonade by Minute Maid, then, I sweetened it with a bit of simple syrup and 7-up, added whatever booze I could find in our boozy pantry and voila! Wonderfully tangy, sweet, refreshing and incredibly easy to make Happy Hour Lemonade!

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

 

Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!

Get on this. Sunday is OUR day – we deserve it! 

ENJOY!

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Happy Hour Lemonade

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Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Happy Hour Lemonade - A fun and delicious twist on traditional Lemonade with 7-up, vodka, gin and triple sec. Perfectly refreshing and bright, everyone always comes back for more!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 186
Author: Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 1/2- cup water
  • 1/3- cup sugar
  • 2 sprigs thyme

HAPPY HOUR LEMONADE

  • 4 lemons , sliced into thin wheels
  • 1 carton (59-ounces) Just 15 Calories Lemonade
  • 1 cup 7-Up
  • 1 cup Vodka
  • 1/2 cup Gin
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • Ice

Instructions 

Make the Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and sprigs of thyme.
  • Bring mixture to a boil; lower to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir, and completely cool in the refrigerator; about 15 minutes.

Make the Happy Hour Lemonade

  • In a large pitcher, add lemons, lemonade, 7-up and prepared simple syrup; gently stir to combine.
  • Stir in vodka, gin and triple sec.
  • Refrigerate for about 2 to 4 hours.
  • Serve over ice.
Nutrition Facts
Happy Hour Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Responses
  1. Lisa

    Maybe skip the simple syrup and the 7-up? Isn’t this insanely sweet? Kind of killed the point of the 15 calorie lemonade. Or make thyme simple syrup and add to fresh lemon juice and mix with gin or vodka.

  2. Amelie Moore

    My mouth is watering just reading this and looking at the pics. Now that that the weather is getting hotter, this sounds like perfect comfort drink after a long day.

  3. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    A gorgeous drink that packs a punch! I think some boozy lemonade might be needed this weekend 🙂

  4. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    Nothing like a little Snoop Dogg to start off your post. 😉 Delicious looking recipe.

  5. A_Boleyn

    Spiking your lemonade is a brilliant idea after being with your kids all day when they’ve been particularly ‘challenging’. 🙂

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