Kentucky Lemonade – A delicious cocktail made with fresh lemon juice, Kentucky bourbon, mint simple syrup, and ginger ale. The perfect cocktail for summer!
Bourbon is so great for cocktails and cooking. After making a Kentucky mule a few weeks ago, I wanted to make some more recipes with my bottle of bourbon and I just knew that a Kentucky lemonade had to be next on the list. This simple cocktail seriously tastes like summer in a glass and it is made with just 4 simple ingredients (plus garnish) – Kentucky bourbon, fresh lemon juice, ginger ale, and mint simple syrup.
This drink has a bit of zing, it’s bubbly, and it’s boozy which make it basically perfect. Now it may be a strange choice to go with mint simple syrup in it but I like the consistency of flavor that the simple syrup gives it and you aren’t trying to fish out any soggy mint leaves right before serving. Give it a try, it’s really good!
Now you can totally make this drink ahead of time and just add ice in right before serving. I can’t wait to make it for some summer parties this year, I know it’s going to be a huge hit!
Common Questions About Making Kentucky Lemonade
What is Kentucky lemonade?
Kentucky lemonade is a bright cocktail made with fresh lemon juice, mint simple syrup, bourbon, and ginger ale.
Do I have to use homemade lemonade?
Nope! You can totally substitute in 2 cups pre-made lemonade. I suggest more than there would be of homemade lemonade because it won’t be quite as strong. Make sure to taste before serving and adjust as needed.
What else can I add to Kentucky lemonade?
I love serving Kentucky lemonade with wedges or wheels of lemon along with sprigs of fresh mint to give it a pop of color and flavor.
What is mint simple syrup?
So mint simple syrup is made from water, granulated sugar, and fresh mint leaves. It is a simple way to give a drink a consistent flavor and sweetness. This is something that can be bought in some stores with other syrups or online but it only takes 10-ish minutes to make at home and it can be done ahead of time. Click HERE for my recipe.
What other types of lemonade can I make?
There are so many fun versions of classic to make! Some of the best are –
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Ginger Lemonade
- Matcha Lemonade
- Lavender Lemonade
- Lemonade Spritzer
- Rosemary Lemonade
Looking for more fun cocktail recipes? Check these out!
- Mojito Cocktail
- Kentucky Mule
- Peach Moscow Mule
- Sparkling Watermelon Lime Spritzer
- Grilled Pineapple Margarita
- 1 cup mint simple syrup
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 4 cups ginger ale
- Fresh mint leaves and lemon slices (for garnish, optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a 2 quart pitcher and stir.
- Serve over ice with fresh mint leaves and lemon slices for garnish.
* Don't have any mint simple syrup? Click HERE for the recipe, it is great to make ahead of time.