Raspberry Vodka Lemonade: Refreshing Summer Bliss!

Fresh summer berries, tart lemonade, and a spike of alcohol make the perfect summer cocktail, am I right? One of my favorite drinks to make for a refreshing sip is this easy raspberry vodka lemonade. It almost makes up for all the thorns I have to endure when I go raspberry picking!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fruity, flavored cocktails just scream summer, and even more when they’re paired with bright, tart lemonade! Raspberries are the perfect option, as they pair so well naturally with lemonade, and they’re equally abundant during the summer season.

This recipe is so simple to make, with just a few ingredients. It’s also very adjustable, so you can use what you have on hand in many cases instead of needing to make a special trip to the store.

You can enjoy raspberry vodka lemonade for all sorts of occasions too! It’s perfect by the glass sipped poolside, around a campfire, or served by the pitcher at your summer brunch or backyard barbecue. Simple, refreshing, and crowd pleasing: what more could you want!

two glasses of raspberry vodka lemonade next to a pitcher

For a winter-themed pink vodka drink option, make sure to check out my Pink Polar Bear Cocktail recipe as well!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make raspberry vodka lemonade

Single Serving

  • 2 Ounces raspberry vodka (such as Smirnoff, Stoli, or Absolut)
  • 3 Ounces prepared raspberry lemonade (such as Simply Raspberry Lemonade)
  • 3 Fresh raspberries (optional)
  • Ice cubes

For a Pitcher (Serves 5-6)

  • 4 Cups prepared raspberry lemonade
  • 2 Cups raspberry vodka
  • 6 Ounces fresh raspberries
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • If you don’t have raspberry vodka, you may use lemon or citrus vodka instead. Alternatively, use 1 Β½ cups of regular vodka and Β½ cup of Chambord
  • You can also use any prepared raspberry lemonade, use a powdered mix, or make your own homemade. Feel free to swap plain lemonade in as well, adding raspberry syrup if desired for additional flavor
  • The fresh raspberries are optional, but they look nice, add flavor, and soak up alcohol well as they sit for a delicious bite! You may also use frozen raspberries instead
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon or a skewer of fresh raspberries, if desired

Step-By-Step Preparation Guide

  1. Add raspberry vodka, raspberry lemonade, and fresh raspberries if desired to a pitcher or carafe, and stir to mix
add all the ingredients to your pitcher
  1. Fill a glass or the pitcher with ice cubes
fill your glasses up with ice
  1. Serve raspberry vodka lemonade chilled, with a slice of lemon or skewer of raspberries to garnish
overhead view of two glasses filled with raspberry vodka lemonade

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade With a Twist

  • Fresh Herbs. Add some fresh mint or basil leaves for a freshy herb twist. For the most flavor, muddle the leaves and add them to the pitcher. For just a hint, use a fresh leaf to garnish your drink
  • Hydrate. Amp up the refreshment with the addition of cucumber or watermelon. Just like my Cucumber Watermelon Agua Fresca, some slices or strained puree will add sweetness and hydrating properties
  • Adjust Sweetness. Use herbs like thyme or rosemary in your drink to curb the sweetness of the raspberries if you’d like. They also add a festive look if you’re serving this lemonade at a holiday brunch instead of summertime!
  • Carbonated. Add lemon or raspberry sparkling water or some prosecco for a sparkling raspberry vodka lemonade

What to Serve with Raspberry Vodka Lemonade Cocktails

  • Gruyere cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • Brie
  • Puff pastry appetizers
  • Grilled chicken
  • Chicken salad sandwiches
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Flatbreads
  • Glazed salmon
  • Lamb
  • Green salad
  • Spinach salad
  • Maple, Dijon, or balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Candied grapes
  • Raspberry desserts
  • Lemon desserts

Enjoy my raspberry vodka lemonade cocktail with my easy Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites for an appetizer. For main courses, try my Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon or an Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwich.Β 

A side of Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Bacon is the perfect accompaniment, and finish some poppable Jolly Rancher Candied Grapes or some Raspberry Streusel Muffins for dessert!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Raspberries For Raspberry Vodka Lemonade?

Yes, you can absolutely use frozen raspberries for raspberry vodka lemonade. In fact, they help to cool the drink down even faster.

It’s best to let them sit overnight so they have time to fully defrost if you plan to eat them as part of your drink.

How Do I Make a Non-Alcoholic Version of Raspberry Lemonade?

To make a non-alcoholic version of raspberry lemonade, combine equal parts raspberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Boil until the sugar dissolves, then mash the berries, steep for 15 minutes and strain. Add to prepared lemonade.

You may also add it to homemade lemonade, which is about 1 Β½ cups lemon juice and 7 cups water, and then about 1 cup of the simple syrup or adjust to your personal taste.

Can I Use Other Flavored Vodkas For This Cocktail?

Yes, you can use other flavored vodkas for this cocktail. Lemon or citrus vodka is the next best option, and you can also use raspberry lemonade flavored vodka such as Felene, if you can find it.

Otherwise, plain vodka works well when accented with raspberry simple syrup, Chambord raspberry liqueur, or even raspberry sparkling water to replace the missing flavor element.

What Are Some Creative Garnishing Ideas?

Creative garnish ideas include a slice of lemon, or a skewer of fresh raspberries on the glass. You could also use lemon juice and sugar or raspberry sugar to create a sweet rim.

Fresh herb garnishes like mint, basil, or rosemary complement and add a unique twist of flavor as well.

Can I Make a Large Batch of Raspberry Vodka Lemonade For a Party?

Yes, you can make a large batch of raspberry vodka lemonade for a party. A 2-qt pitcher serves about 6 guests, but you can double or triple the pitcher recipe for even larger quantities.

If you’re using fresh fruit, make it up to 24 hours in advance to give the fruit time to soak in the alcohol for extra flavor.

What Other Fruit Combinations Work Well with Vodka Lemonade?

Most berries and stone fruit combinations work well with vodka lemonade. Popular options include blueberry, strawberry, mango, pineapple, cranberry, or peach.

You could even mix and match fruits to create something even more unique, like peaches with raspberries for a melba style.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Serve in mason jars or highball glasses with plenty of room for both ice and your refreshing drink!
  • Choose large cubes or spheres of ice so it doesn’t rapidly melt and dilute your drink. Avoid crushed and other small shapes of ice 
  • Feel free to add more or less vodka to control the cocktail’s strength to your liking. This recipe is fairly middle of the road, but you may prefer it weaker or stronger!
top your glasses of raspberry vodka lemonade with fresh fruit

Storage Tips

  • Store leftover raspberry vodka lemonade in an airtight pitcher or carafe in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Without the fruit, it will last up to a week so you can store larger batches

More Fruity Mixed Drinks With a Vodka Twist

Final Thoughts

This easy vodka raspberry lemonade is the perfect refreshing cocktail for summer. It’s incredibly easy to make, and very adjustable for what you have on hand.

There are lots of fun variations you can make with it as well, making it incredibly versatile! Experiment with your own combinations to find your favorite version of flavored vodka lemonade that’s perfect for parties. I especially love my Strawberry Vodka Lemonade made with Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka!

I love to make a pitcher for summer barbecues, as a crowd-pleasing raspberry cocktail recipe for adults. Of course, you can also get fancy with a non-alcoholic variation for your younger guests!

It’s the perfect cocktail for warm seasons, as it’s just the right balance of sweet, tart, and refreshing. Plus, it’s a great way to use up fresh summer berries and let them soak up the vodka for an extra treat!

For a non-alcoholic option with the same flavor profiles, make sure to check out my Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie too.

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Simple Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

This simple raspberry vodka lemonade is the perfect refreshing cocktail for summer. This flavored vodka lemonade variation is perfect for summer parties and great for a crowd!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 6
Calories 261 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Cups prepared raspberry lemonade
  • 2 Cups raspberry vodka (such as Smirnoff, Stoli, or Svedka)
  • 6 Ounces fresh raspberries (or frozen)
  • Ice cubes (4-5 per glass, depending on size)

Instructions
 

  • Add raspberry vodka, raspberry lemonade, and fresh raspberries if desired to a pitcher or carafe, and stir to mix
    4 Cups prepared raspberry lemonade, 2 Cups raspberry vodka, 6 Ounces fresh raspberries
  • Fill a glass or the pitcher with ice cubes
    Ice cubes
  • Serve raspberry vodka lemonade chilled, with a slice of lemon or skewer of raspberries to garnish

Notes

  • If you don’t have raspberry vodka, you may use lemon or citrus vodka instead. Alternatively, use 1 Β½ cups of regular vodka and Β½ cup of Chambord
  • You can also use any prepared raspberry lemonade, use a powdered mix, or make your own homemade. Feel free to swap plain lemonade in as well, adding raspberry syrup if desired for additional flavor
  • The fresh raspberries are optional, but they look nice, add flavor, and soak up alcohol well as they sit for a delicious bite! You may also use frozen raspberries instead
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon or a skewer of fresh raspberries, if desired
  • Serve in mason jars or highball glasses with plenty of room for both ice and your refreshing drink!
  • Choose large cubes or spheres of ice so it doesn’t rapidly melt and dilute your drink. Avoid crushed and other small shapes of ice
  • Feel free to add more or less vodka to control the cocktail’s strength to your liking. This recipe is fairly middle of the road, but you may prefer it weaker or stronger!
  • Store leftover raspberry vodka lemonade in an airtight pitcher or carafe in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Without the fruit, it will last up to a week so you can store larger batches
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any modifications, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 263gCalories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 1.9IUVitamin C: 7.4mgCalcium: 7.1mgIron: 0.2mg
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