Cherry Vodka Lemonade: Easy Cocktail Recipe!

Juicy cherries and summer go hand in hand. So, when it comes to a simple summer cocktail, I love this cherry vodka lemonade! Just 3 ingredients is all you need, making this mixed drink ideal for entertaining, and you can serve it by the glass or the pitcher with ease!

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What is a Cherry Vodka Lemonade?

A cherry vodka lemonade is a refreshing cocktail made by combining cherry-flavored vodka with lemonade and cherry juice.

This mixed drink features the sweet and tangy flavors of cherries and lemons, creating a balanced and enjoyable drink. It’s also easy to adjust the strength and sweetness by tweaking your proportions, so it’s highly customizable as well.

It is typically served over ice and garnished with fresh cherries or lemon slices, making it a popular choice for warm-weather gatherings and casual sipping.

cherry vodka lemonade drink next to a vodka bottle against a wooden background

Try one at your next backyard barbecue! The cherry flavor pairs well with smoked meats (especially cherry wood) and barbecue sauces, so it’s an ideal choice. Plus, you can make it by the glass or by the pitcher, so it’s convenient for entertaining!

Cherry Vodka Lemonade Ingredients

ingredients to make cherry vodka lemonade
  • 2 ounces cherry vodka (such as UV, Pinnacle, Door County, or Effen black cherry vodka)
  • 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 4 ounces prepared lemonade (such as Simply Lemonade)
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can also use black cherry (like Effen), cherry lemonade (like Pinnacle), plain, or citron (lemon) vodka instead of cherry vodka
  • The tart cherry juice is technically optional, but I feel it adds more cherry flavor and helps to better balance the sweetness
  • Feel free to make homemade lemonade instead if you want to better control the ingredients and sweetness. Cherry vodka also pairs well with strawberry or blueberry lemonade, for unique flavor combinations!

Cherry Vodka Lemonade Variations

Slushie

To make a cherry vodka lemonade slushie, combine all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend on high, and add more ice if needed to reach desired consistency (it depends on personal preference and the size of your ice cubes).

Sprite

If you want a cherry vodka lemonade with Sprite, swap half of the lemonade out for Sprite (or another lemon-lime flavored soda). Mix all the other ingredients first, fill the glass with ice, and then top with the Sprite.

Limeade

Cherry also pairs incredibly well with lime. To make a cherry vodka limeade, simply substitute limeade for the lemonade. You can also use a cherry lime sparkling water for half of the limeade to reduce sweetness and make a fizzy version!

Mocktail

To make a mocktail variation, combine the lemonade with tart cherry juice and omit the vodka entirely. Garnish with a cherry and a sprig of mint!

You can also split the lemonade with half sparkling water in lemon, cherry, or cherry lime flavor to make a fizzy and fun version of the drink.

How to Make a Cherry Vodka Lemonade

  1. Add the cherry vodka and cherry juice to the bottom of a highball style glass, and stir to mix
add cherry vodka and cherry juice to a highball glass
  1. Fill the glass with ice. Tip: add any fresh fruit you’d like here as well, such as halved cherries or lemon slices
add ice to the glass with your cherry mixture
  1. Top with prepared lemonade, and give it another mix if you’d like it more well-blended
add lemonade to the cherry vodka mixture
  1. Garnish with a cherry or slice of lemon if desired, and enjoy!
overhead view of two cherry vodka lemonade cocktails on a wooden table

More Summer Vodka Lemonade Flavors to Try

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Regular Vodka Instead Of Cherry Flavored Vodka?

Yes, you can use regular vodka along with the cherry juice or a cherry syrup to achieve the desired cherry flavor.

You can also use lemon (citron) or black cherry flavored vodka, such as Effen, in this drink.

What Type Of Lemonade Should I Use?

You can use store-bought lemonade or homemade lemonade.

Both will work well, depending on your preference for sweetness and tartness.

Is It Possible To Make This Drink In Advance?

Yes, you can prepare this drink in advance by mixing everything in a pitcher and storing it in the refrigerator. Generally, no more than 48 hours in advance is best.

Do not add ice or any carbonated elements until just before serving, to keep maximum freshness.

Can I Adjust The Sweetness Of The Drink?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less lemonade or by incorporating a simple syrup if needed.

If the drink is too sweet, add some fresh lemon juice or an unsweetened sparkling water or club soda to help temper the sweetness.

How Can I Make The Drink Sparkling?

To make a sparkling cherry vodka lemonade, add a splash of club soda or lemon-lime soda just before serving.

You can also use unsweetened sparkling water in lemon, cherry, or cherry lime flavor to create different fizzy flavor combinations.

What Foods Pair Well With Cherry Vodka Lemonade?

This drink pairs well with light and refreshing foods such as salads, grilled chicken, seafood, or appetizers like bruschetta and cheese platters.

It also compliments many smoked and BBQ foods, especially those with cherry or other fruity components in the marinade, rub, wood, or sauces used.

Can I Use Fresh Cherries In The Drink?

Yes, muddling fresh cherries in the glass before adding the vodka and lemonade can enhance the cherry flavor and add a nice texture to the drink.

You can also add frozen cherries instead of some of the ice to add flavor and minimize dilution.

How Do I Make A Larger Batch For A Party?

To make a larger batch, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, mix in a large pitcher, and keep it chilled until ready to serve.

As long as you don’t add the ice, it should keep for 2-3 days if stored in the refrigerator.

Cherry Vodka Lemonade Recipe Tips

  • Swap in some frozen cherries for some of the ice. This will add flavor and visual appeal, and help to cool the drink with less dilution
  • This drink is about medium strength as written. You can add more vodka for a stronger drink or reduce the vodka and/or add more lemonade for a weaker option
two cherry vodka lemonade cocktails with lemon slices in the rim

Serving and Storage Tips For Cherry Vodka Lemonade

  • While garnishes are optional, you can use fresh cherries, lemon slices, or a sprig of mint to add visual appeal and extra flavor
  • Cherry vodka lemonade is typically served in a highball glass, but you can also use a mason jar, hurricane glass, pint glass, or anything similar

More Cherry Cocktails to Try

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t get much easier than this 3 ingredient cherry vodka lemonade for the perfect summer mixed drink. Cherry vodka and juice blends perfectly with sweet and tangy lemonade for a refreshing cocktail.

You only need a few minutes to throw it together, whether you’re making it by the glass or preparing a pitcher for your next get together. It’s an ideal drink option for your backyard barbecue, but it’s equally good pool side, or any time you want a cold, refreshing cocktail.

If you want to pair your drink with dessert, make sure to check out my easy air fryer cherry crisp for a crunchy, sweet treat that compliments the flavors of this mixed drink perfectly!

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Cherry Vodka Lemonade Cocktail

This simple 3 ingredient cherry vodka lemonade is the perfect drink for summer! It’s just the right balance of sweet, tart, refreshing, and simple for a delicious cocktail option.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces cherry vodka (such as UV, Pinnacle, Door County, or Effen black cherry vodka)
  • 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 4 ounces prepared lemonade (such as Simply Lemonade)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Add the cherry vodka and cherry juice to the bottom of a highball style glass, and stir to mix
    2 ounces cherry vodka, 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • Fill the glass with ice. Tip: add any fresh fruit you’d like here as well, such as halved cherries or lemon slices
    Ice cubes
  • Top with prepared lemonade, and give it another mix if you’d like it more well-blended
    4 ounces prepared lemonade
  • Garnish with a cherry or slice of lemon if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can also use black cherry (like Effen), cherry lemonade (like Pinnacle), plain, or citron (lemon) vodka instead of cherry vodka
  • The tart cherry juice is technically optional, but I feel it adds more cherry flavor and helps to better balance the sweetness (as written, this drink is not overly sweet at all)
  • Feel free to make homemade lemonade instead if you want to better control the ingredients and sweetness. Cherry vodka also pairs well with strawberry or blueberry lemonade, for unique flavor combinations!
  • Swap in some frozen cherries for some of the ice. This will add flavor and visual appeal, and help to cool the drink with less dilution
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any garnishes added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 232gCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.3gSodium: 9.9mgPotassium: 103mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 8.2mgIron: 0.3mg
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