Zesty Lemonade is a classic vodka lemonade kicked up with the addition of rich limoncello and spicy chile liqueur. A refreshing poolside cocktail that may be a bit too easy to drink!

Zesty Lemonade

Cheers! I’ve finally convinced Brandon (aka @dadacookstoo) to let me start sharing all of his crazy delicious cocktail creations here on the blog. One of the things I love most about Brandon is that when he does something, he does it exquisitely, especially when it comes to food and drinks. The man can cook and cocktail craft like a pro and I consider myself pretty darn lucky to be the first to reap the amazingness.

I can’t believe this is the first cocktail recipe I’m sharing on the blog. We love great cocktails and have so much fun creating and enjoying them with each other and friends. I might even venture to say that we’ve become cocktail snobs, but in a good way. If I’m going to drink a cocktail, I want it to be great! I don’t want some overly sweet pre-made mix in it, or on the flip side, just liquor, lime and soda water for a flavorless waste of a drink. I want a well-balanced and thoughtfully-crafted cocktail that I literally ooh and aah over as I drink it or I’m sending it back. ;);)

Okay, okay, now you know how passionate we are about our cocktails so you can trust me when I say these cocktails I’ll be sharing with you in our NEW! Cocktail Series are AMAZING! Let’s get the party started with this Zesty Lemonade…

Zesty Lemonade

It’s one of the most refreshing cocktails. So perfect for summer sipping! Although I have to say we have a hard time just slowly sipping this cocktail because it’s soooo good!

Vodka, lemon juice, chile liqueur, limoncello, simple syrup and a little sparkling water all come together in a perfectly sweetened and slightly spiced drink that’s great to make for one or a crowd.

Zesty Lemonade

If you’re not on the cocktail making train yet, hop aboard! This Zesty Lemonade is a great one to start with. It will WOW! you and whoever you choose to cheers it with!



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Zesty Lemonade

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks


Classic vodka lemonade is kicked up with the addition of rich limoncello and spicy chile liqueur. A refreshing poolside cocktail that may be a bit too easy to drink!


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1.0 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounce chile liqueur (such as Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur)
  • 0.5 ounce limoncello
  • 0.5 ounce 1:1 simple syrup
  • Sparkling water (we use Topo Chico)


  1. Place all ingredients except sparkling water into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass with ice already in it.
  2. Top with sparkling water based on desired strength, 1 ounce for stronger drink or 2-3 ounces for lighter. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

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    1. Hi Christina! It was roasted/dehydrated in the oven. Place a baking rack on a baking sheet and spray the baking rack with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange thin slices of lemon on the rack and bake at 275 degrees for about 45 minutes.