Cool, refreshing and loaded with alcohol, this fresh lemon vodka slush is my favourite summer cocktail of all time and after you’ve had one delicious sip, I bet it’s gonna be yours, too! It’s super easy to make and yields a huge batch. So you can spend just a few minutes prepping this drinkable heaven and have an almost never-ending supply of delicious slushy cocktails in your freezer to last you the whole of summer. Sound good? Let’s get to it!
Summer is the best season of the year, don’t you think? With long sunshine-filled days, fun BBQs with yummy eats and good friends and beautiful sunsets at the beach that you wish would never end. Such an amazing season deserves to be celebrated with an awesome cocktail, which is exactly where this fresh lemon vodka slush comes in!
It’s my favorite cocktail recipe of all-time it’s something I genuinely look forward to every single summer. This cocktail is packed with exotic fruit juices, tart citrus flavours and a good kick of vodka, not to mention the incredibly addictive frosty texture you won’t be able to get enough of. Seriously, nothing says summer more than a great big frosty glass full of fresh lemon vodka slush. Especially if you’re sipping it at the beach or by the pool.
Ever since I first came across a recipe for fresh lemon vodka slush years ago, I’ve been trying my hardest to perfect it and… I’ve finally done it! One thing you need to know before you make the best cocktail you’ll ever have: this fresh lemon vodka slush is really moreish and although it’s got a lot of alcohol in, you really can’t taste it.
This makes drinking glass after glass of the stuff pretty dangerous! I was lounging by the pool one day enjoying a few glasses then struggled to walk in a straight line when I got up. You have been warned! If you’re not a fan of the alcohol kick, you can always use less vodka (but I wouldn’t!)
Aside from the amazing flavor, one of the best things about this recipe is how simple it is to make. Throw all the ingredients into a big plastic container, freeze, scoop and top with Sprite or 7Up. That’s all there is to it.
You don’t need any unusual ingredients to make this summer cocktail. But you will need a seriously big freezer-safe plastic container because this recipe makes a lot of lemon vodka slush. You could make a half batch, but where’s the fun in that?
A 29-cup container will just about do the trick. The volume of water seriously reduces during the boiling process, so the container won’t be full to the brim. Containers this big are hard to find, but you can easily pick one up online. This is the container I use. It’s super sturdy and you’ll be able to use it to make fresh lemon vodka slush for years and years!
There’s just one last thing before you go! If you love frozen summer cocktails like this fresh lemon vodka slush, you’ve absolutely got to try my strawberry vodka slush! It’s a simpler version of this cocktail, made with fewer ingredients and a sweet strawberry hit. Oh, and make sure you pin or bookmark this vodka cranberry slush, so you can enjoy festive slushy cocktails when Christmas comes around!
- 8 cups water
- 3 cups granulated sugar you can substitute an artificial sweetener
- 6 cups pineapple juice
- 5 cups vodka
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice from 4 large lemons
- 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice from 2 large grapefruits
- 4 cups Sprite / 7Up plus extra for mixing before serving
In a large saucepan over a high heat, stir together the water and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat down to medium-low. Leave to bubble for 10 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved. This is your simple syrup which will sweeten the cocktail.
Pour the simple syrup into 29-cup plastic freezer-safe container. Leave to cool to room temperature for around 30 minutes.
When the simple syrup has cooled, stir in the rest of the ingredients, including 4 cups of Sprite/7Up. Place the container in the freezer for at least 24 hours to set.
When you're ready to serve, scoop out enough of the fresh lemon vodka slush to fill a glass and pour over extra Sprite/7Up until it reaches the rim. Mix the drink with a straw or spoon to make it more slushy then serve immediately.