Pucker up: Refreshing ways to celebrate National Lemonade Day

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On a hot summer day, a refreshing glass of lemonade can make that August heat seem more bearable. While that tart flavor can make people thirsty for more, the truth is that lemonade is a versatile beverage. From a little sweet to full of pucker, National Lemonade Day is the perfect excuse to sample them all.

From grandma’s secret recipe to just mixing your own variety, most lemonades have a unique flavor. Beyond that, even lemonade can be mixed with other flavors.

From strawberry lemonade to even cranberry lemonade from Ocean Spray, that lemon forward flavor can work with almost anything. Just like a touch of lemon zest or a squeeze in a recipe adds that flavor boost, lemons seem to bring the flavor that people crave.

Even that aroma before that first sip entices. It might be one of the reasons why Truly made a special candle for the food holiday. In partnership with LIT Brooklyn, the Truly Lemonade Hard Seltzer-scented candles transform any location with that refreshing scent.

The special, limited edition candle is available for purchase starting August 20. It is $38 on the Lit Brooklyn website.

While the room is set with ambiance, it is time to look the part, too. Luckily, SVEDKA x BONBONWHIMS jewelry collection shows everyone that you love a good pucker. Inspired by the SVEDKA Vodka Soda flavors, this special jewelry collection is the perfect way to Turn Up Summer before fall comes.

The SVEDKA Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect pairing to those stylish jewelry pieces. It might be a touch sweet, but it definitely gets your attention with that first sip. If you are ready to stand out in a crowd, this pairing is definitely a squeeze above the rest.

And, if you didn’t score that Pop Tarts Lyrical Lemonade Collab, don’t fret. There’s another chance to get your hands on that special limited edition offering. According to Pop Tarts, fans will have a “chance to win one of the last official 40 boxes on Pop-Tarts’ Instagram channel (@poptartsus).” Time to refresh those feeds.

Shaking up refreshing cocktails for National Lemonade Day

While lemonade is that ultimate summer beverage, the national food holiday is a great excuse to enjoy a cocktail, or two. Luckily, there are a variety of options. From hard seltzers to boozy concoctions, those soaring temperatures won’t feel so sweltering after a few sips.

On a hot day, everyone loves a good spritz. A brand new offering is Spritz Society. These wine spritz beverages are made with a California sparkling wine. The fresh fruit flavors are a lovely pairing to the effervescent, sparkling wine.

The Spritz Society Lemonade flavor shows that it is time to celebrate Spritz SZN. The lemon flavor is slightly tart, but not overpowering. Whether enjoyed by the pool, a sip with that backyard barbecue or enjoyed however you please, this ready to drink beverage needs to be in the fridge.

Ready to drink cocktails have been a huge trend this summer. Lemonade has been a big trend, too. Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade launched a collection. Many other hard seltzer brands offered lemonade flavors. Even Crook and Marker offered a non-carbonated lemonade option. Basically, everyone wants a lemonade beverage during the summer, not just for National Lemonade Day.

Sparkling Ice Spiked recommends a Lemon Basil Highball. This cocktail is a touch sweet from the honey, but the basil adds some nuance. That little hint of an herb will make it a perfect aperitf.

Lemon Basil Highball


  • 8 oz Sparkling Ice Spiked Lemonade Refresher
  • ½ oz Honey
  • 1 oz Lemon Vodka
  • Fresh basic and lemon peel, for garnish
  • Fresh Basil


  • Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  • Add in Sparkling Ice Spiked Lemonade Refresher, honey, lemon vodka, and fresh cut basil then stir.
  • Garnish with lemon peel strips and a crown of basil.

Continuing the highball thought, Belvedere Vodka, more specifically its Belvedere Heritage 176, has a simple highball that celebrates the simplicity of vodka and lemon. This cocktail shows that lemon flavors are always refreshing.

Heritage Highball


  • 1.5 oz Belvedere Heritage 176
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Honey Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Lemon Wheel


Shake vodka, juice & honey syrup & serve in a highball glass. Top with soda & garnish with a lemon wheel.

Another classic combination is lemon and mint. And, since National Lemonade Day falls under Ryan Reynold’s offer of a free gin cocktail, why not ask your favorite bartender to make this Aviation Gin cocktail.


The Southside is a simple sip that is quite refreshing. The combination of sweet and bright with the modern gin is a delightful beverage on a hot day.

The Southside


  • 1.5 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup
  • 6 Mint Leaves


  • Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with Ice. Shake, then strain into glass with Ice. Garnish with Mint Leaves.

These ideas are just a few ways to toast National Lemonade Day. Whether you prefer these ideas, grandma’s recipe or just want to have a Dole Whip instead, get your pucker on and enjoy some lemonade on August 20. It is the beverage of summer.

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