Spiked Vanilla Lemonade

Celebrate the end of summer with some spiked vanilla lemonade, perfect for a poolside party.

Spiked Vanilla Lemonade

This summer has passed by at the speed of light and I’ve hardly had any lemonade. As you know, I’m a huge lemonade fanatic. I practically live off it all summer and even in the winter, too. I love playing around with the different variations and trying new flavors. But it really does feel appropriate to sip it poolside during the scorching months.

To celebrate the end of summer, I threw together some grownup lemonade instead of just the standard sip. It needed to be jazzed up just a bit. So why not with a little bit of rum and some vanilla?

Spiked Vanilla Lemonade


Spiked Vanilla Lemonade


  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. rum per glass of lemonade


  1. Combine sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour the sugar into a pitcher along with the lemon juice and vanilla. Stir.
  3. Pour in the water and stir well to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Once ready to serve, pour 2 Tbsp. of rum into a glass and top with lemonade.
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If you like this recipe, try a few others that are just as tasty!

Pretty Pink Lemonade


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20 thoughts on “Spiked Vanilla Lemonade

    • I had to get rid of my lemon tree. :( It was dying, not sprouting any fruit no matter what I did. Honestly, it lasted quite some time so I should be happy. But really, I’m just super jealous of you and your lemon tree! :)

  1. I’m still in full swing summer mode here. It stays hot where we live until late September usually. So I’m rebelling against all things pumpkin and apple right now. Not ready, summer should last as long as possible. And have as much of this lemonade in it as possible. Plus as much of that pink lemonade you shared as possible too. Super pretty, I think I may try an unspiked version this weekend.

    • I’m pretty jealous! It was 60 degrees this morning and it felt chilly. So I’ll definitely be sipping this. And for the record, the unspiked version is equally as delicious! Let me know if you try it! :)

  2. I loveeeee vanilla in lemonade!! This looks so good! I’ll take a big glass please! :) I haven’t had all that much lemonade this summer either and now it’s almost over! Crazy.

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