Skip to Content

Grown Up Pink Lemonade

Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, it is time to break out those refreshing summer cocktails! This grown-up pink lemonade is the perfect sipper for your next bbq, or for the next time you make dinner and want to enjoy a slightly sweet, lemony adult treat. Keep these ingredients on hand, and your neighborhood friends will love you for it. 

grown-up pink lemonade

Grown-up Pink Lemonade

I’m not sure if you guys know this or not, but back in another lifetime, I was a bartender. Off and on for over 10 years, actually! And not to be braggy or anything, (well – okay, a little braggy) but I was a fast bartender. It was fun, for a while – having control over a bar full of thirsty customers, knowing how to make almost any drink off the top of my head, and make it well.

Eventually, I got tired of the late nights, holidays away from my family, and dealing with some of the shadier characters that frequent those types of establishments so I retired my professional bartending hat for good, but I still enjoy mixing up a cocktail when I get the chance!

This grown-up pink lemonade uses pretty common bar ingredients and can be made in big batches or small.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.


Get the recipe via email and join our newsletter!

I consent to joining the free OrWhateverYouDo newsletter

Grown Up Pink Lemonade

It is a front porch sipping, bonfire side, relax and cool down after a long week drink. An, invite your girlfriends over and air all your troubles kind of cocktail.

Grown Up Pink Lemonade

A few items to buy and keep on hand to have a well-stocked home bar. These make awesome gifts too! 

These are affiliate links. If you click these and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. It won’t cost you any additional money. Thanks for supporting Or Whatever You Do! I only recommend products I use and love.

Some of these items might be found at local stores for better prices, your mileage may vary!

A couple of tips for you from a former professional

Pour spouts are your friend.

Especially if you’ll be mixing multiple drinks for a party. Measured pour spouts like I linked above let you make consistent and accurate drinks without over-serving anyone accidentally. Free pouring out of a bottle definitely makes stronger drinks as a rule.

When in doubt, stretch it out.

The alcohol, that is. A drink that is too strong is un-drinkable to most people. Too weak can still taste really great, and then you can have more than one!

Try switching up the mixers in your favorite drinks.

Switching up from lemon-lime soda to coke, or ginger ale or even juice like cranberry, orange, or lemonade can make a huge difference in the end result. Experiment with your favorite liquor to find your favorite combination. My all-time favorite cocktail is a Captain Morgan + Dr. Pepper.

Thirsty for more? Check out these other cocktail recipes on the blog!
Fresh Cherry Pina Colada
Fresh Cherry Syrup

Yield: 1 cocktail

Grown Up Pink Lemonade

grown-up pink lemonade

Freshing adults-only pink lemonade is the first drink I really want to reach for when the weather finally starts to show signs of spring turning into actual summer.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 2 teaspoons grenadine
  • 1 oz club soda or lemon-lime soda if you like it sweeter
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • sliced lemon for garnish


  1. Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Swirl or shake, and strain into a glass of your choosing over additional ice if you wish. Drink immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 2gSugar: 60gProtein: 1g

Love this recipe? Tell your friends!

Follow on Instagram for more!

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Monday 13th of June 2016

Hello nice to be here thank you

Skip to Recipe