Many classic vodka mixed drinks involve a tart citrus note, from the slice of lime in a vodka and tonic to the healthy dose of lemon juice in a vodka Collins. It's no surprise, then, that vodka and lemonade go together beautifully, creating a cool, refreshing tall drink that's perfect for warm summer evenings. The basic formula for vodka and lemonade is simple. Mix a batch of lemonade,
pour vodka over ice into a tall glass and add the lemonade to taste
If you're not in North America, be sure to specify clearly the drink you're looking for when buying ingredients. In Britain, for instance, "lemonade" can mean a fizzy, citrus-flavored soft drink. You can customize your vodka and lemonade mixture by
adding a range of other ingredients
simply make your lemonade from vodka, sugar and lemon juice
. Mix 2/3 cup of sugar, a cup of lemon juice and 1.5 cups of vodka, then serve over ice. Be warned: This is a much more potent mixture, not the tall summer cooler you'll create when mixing vodka and lemonade. Vodka and lemonade is best when made with fresh lemonade, but frozen lemonade concentrate plays a part in an unusual beer cocktail, the porch crawler. To make this unusual mixed drink, stir together
half a shot of vodka, 3 ounces of frozen lemonade concentrate and 6 ounces of lager
. Serve the mixture over ice for a refreshing citrus brew with a hidden kick.