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Homemade lemonade is one of summer's best treats. And while there's a simple perfection in the traditional version, made with nothing more than lemons, sugar and water, lemonade also offers itself up for a multitude of tasty variations on the theme. A good spiked homemade lemonade makes the perfect accompaniment to all those summertime barbecues; if you're looking for something a little different than plain ol' vodka dumped into a pitcher of lemonade, try out one of these fun recipes…
Note: All of these recipes can be made sans alcohol as well; you'll just need to add water (plain or sparkling) to taste.
cup mint leaves, packed
Muddle the mint with the sugar
and a little of the water using a spoon, until the mint aroma is
released. Stir in the remaining water, lemon juice and vodka, and let
the mixture sit for at least a half hour in the fridge, and up to a
couple of hours. Strain, pressing on the mint leaves to extract all the
liquid, and serve in a pitcher. Pour into old-fashioned glasses over
plenty of ice. Garnish with lemon wedge or mint sprig.
cups seedless (or deseeded) watermelon, cubed
Make watermelon juice by pureeing the cubed melon in a blender, then straining to get rid of the sludge. Swirl the solids with a spoon to get out all that good juice. Mix the juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, grenadine, and vodka. Serve in a pitcher; pour into Collins glasses with plenty of ice. Garnish with lime wedge.