Flavored Lemonade Inspiration

Flavored Lemonade Inspiration 1Helen and I are starting to plan some spring/summer back-yard parties for this coming season. It's going to be my first summer in my house (just became a first time home-owner this past autumn). We plan to host a few little get togethers, I may build a small fire pit for s'mores. Who knows! We decided to try creating a few different lemonades, gearing up for the season. Once you have made your own lemonade (make your own from sugar, water and lemons or you can use a concentrate or store-bought kind as your base) you can add in all sorts of flavors to dress them up to you or your guests tastes. Here's what we made: 
Grapefruit LemonadeGrapefruit Lemonade- to a large pitcher of lemonade add in 2 cups of grapefruit juice and fresh slices of grapefruit. Give this one a taste when your done-as you may want to add more sugar if you feel it's too tart.
Strawberry and Basil LemonadeStrawberry and Basil Lemonade- to a large pitcher of lemonade add 2-3 cups of chopped strawberries and a handful of chopped basil. The longer this lemonade sets the more the basil flavor will infuse with the beverage!
Cucumber Mint LemonadeCucumber Mint Limeade-to a large pitcher of limeade (or lemonade) add one cucumber, thinly sliced, and a handful of chopped mint leaves. This one is similar to the Strawberry Basil lemonade in that the mint flavor will become stronger the longer this beverage sets. 
Blackberry LemonadeBlackberry Lemonade- to a small pitcher of lemonade add 1 cup of slighlty mashed blackbarries. You can smash these by hand or with a spoon, but the more you smash them the more the color will infuse in your lemonade-pretty!

Happy Monday! emma + elsie

  • How fun that you just got your new house. Perfect timing too for your parties. These lemonades will be perfect. Wow, the colors are popping so nicely. I’d love a glass right about now =)

    – Sarah

  • That blackberry lemonade looks so refreshing! Love this idea! 🙂

    xo Eden

  • Thanks so much for sharing these! I can’t wait to try these out this summer, for 2 reasons. 1.) They look so good. 2.) I got this amazing pitcher last summer in Guatemala: its yellow, made out of recycled glass!


  • yummy!! I can’t wait to try the grapefruit lemonade! I recently posted about making basil-mint lemonade for the first time and it was so good- makes me long for summer now 🙂

  • Oh so lovely guys! And just in time for Spring!


  • The cucumber mint sounds amazing…I’m definitely trying this!

  • wow these all look amazing! i think i would like strawberry the most!

  • These look so yummy! That cucumber mint one is super similar to one of my favorite summer cokctails, which is also great for parties:


    I really love haveing big pitchers of fun drinks out at parties. Makes everything feel more special, and it’s SO much easier than trying to make individual drinks.

  • Those look delicious! i absolutely love lemonade! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m enjoying the first Spring in my new house, and soaking up the awesome patio weather (now is the best time to be outside in Austin). The most fun part of owning your own space is getting to go wild planting things – I’m sure you’ll enjoy this too!
    I have a feeling these lemonades will all be made soon 🙂 Maybe some mint or basil in the grapefruit one would be tasty too!

  • These look wonderful! I’ll have to make them once the backyard BBQ season starts up!

  • Mmm! These all look so pretty and spring-like. Cucumber-mint limeade sounds especially delightful. Ooh– you could even add in some gin and have a pitcher full of cucumber gimlets! Mm, now I know what we’ll be bringing to jazz up our summer campout evenings!

  • Oh these are fantastic! My boyfriend is a lemonade fiend so these are a must-try for me

  • So pretty, I wish it was warm enough to be drinking lemonade here instead of hot chocolate. I’m ready to break out the summer dresses!

  • Scrummy! What interesting flavours, I love the idea of herby lemonades such as the basil and the mint!

  • I love the grapefruit one!! That’s just my style! Yay summer!!!!!

  • cucumber-mint limeade??!! i am so there. last summer, we drank salted rum limeade quite frequently. this recipe sounds like it would also be great with a little added kick of rum 😛

  • looks soo good! i’m gonna try the cucumber mint one for sure!


  • I really love the one with the strawberries! 🙂 They all look so refreshing and I just can’t wait for summer!!!



  • Oh my! These are like works of art they are so beautiful! Definetly making some! 🙂


  • Yum! I want the summer to get here. The strawberry basil and blackberry lemonade sound delish!

  • Try adding some fresh basil to iced tea. It tastes yummy and is very refreshing. BTW, congrats on the big win! you had my vote!

  • I’m willing to drink one of those,and makes me think about the summer.

  • Need to do this for a party!

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  • These are amazingly good looking and beautiful!
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  • Congrats on your first Spring in your new house! I’ve made blackberry lemonade before & it is delish!
    Savannah Marie

  • This will be my second summer in my new house. I’m going to try all your lemonade recipes. Will be a nice addition to the pool parties. Thanks.

  • Yummy!! The blackberry sounds the best 🙂
    xo Heather

  • i adore fancy lemonades! i also love mixing different kinds of teas in mine. i think the blackberry is my favorite just because the color is so juicy and bright.

  • Those flavors sounds so yummy! I’m definitely going to give them a try! I saw all of those pitchers at Walmart recently and especially love the cylinder one- just wish they came with some sort of cover!

  • Ooohhhh….that will hit the spot! I can’t wait for summer!!!


  • They look like parties in the pitchers!! Definitely bookmarking these refreshing recipes for use this summer– love!


  • These all look so refreshing and perfect for summer get togethers!


  • Such fantastic ideas for refreshing summer drinks! I cannot wait to try these out!

  • Delicious! I cannot wait to make some of these. Summer cannot come sooner 🙂

  • oh my, that strawberry and basil looks soooo good! The colors and that photo just really make it pop! I think I will make some today. Thanks Didier and Helen!

  • OMG I need this today. today today today!!!!! Thank you, ladies!

    love, polly 😀

  • uuuu, how I love lemonades of different kinds and shades!

    staklene bombone

  • These all look amazing! I can imagine them being absolutely wonderful spiked with a little something extra, if you catch my drift!

  • these look delicious! i can’t wait to try them at home!


  • A cheap way to flavor lemonade that my boyfriend and I love to do in the summertime is to buy fruit teas (Celestial Seasonings works great!) and put 2-3 packets in a 1/2 gallon container of lemonade. Let it set in the fridge for a few hours, remove the packets, and you have a delicious, refreshing flavored lemonade! (Mix in a little vodka for a fun summer cocktail!)
    Thanks for these flavor ideas too… can’t wait to try them!

  • Oooh, as soon as the SF fog lifts I am trying these! Last summer I got hooked on stirring some Olallieberry (or blackberry) jam into sparkling lemonade. Mint sprigs optional!

  • So pretty to look at and, I bet, so delicious to taste! Love the unique idea of adding fresh basil.


  • Stop making me want summer so badly! All of those sound and look fantastic, I can’t wait to go wild black berry picking and make that lemonade.


    🙂 Ewa


  • Yuuummm!!

    ah summer almost gone down here, time to look up some cozy drinks for autumn..


  • I think my first summer/spring party is going to have just tons of different lemonades 🙂 thank you!

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  • Just tried the cucumber mint lemonade and its so good. I left it overnight and the mint taste was so good. Just packed it in my thermal for tomorrow(^.^)

  • i love the idea of dressing up something so simple as lemonade! ill definitely have to try the blackberry and grapefruit ones!

  • love this! i love making my own mixed drinks and i always like making strawberry lemonade but i definitely want to try grapefruit lemonade… maybe with a little ginger ale to make it sparkly!


  • I’m currently a travelling Aussie about to return home in two months and this has made me so excited! Homemade infused lemonade and beaches, here I come! <3

  • You must invest in a water infuser. Or DIY one! Infusing water with cucumber and then making lemonade out of the cucumber water– HEAVEN!

  • These look scrumptious. Also love your backdrop…!

  • This is such sweet imagery. Spring is so close I can feel it, and warm nights on the porch drinking some lemonade are what happiness is made of.

  • since i have mint in my backyard, my favorite one is some sugar, just 1 or 2 spoons, a lot of ice cubes, mint that you can squeeze with the other ingredients, real orange juice of 2 oranges, sparkling water and orange slices… i know … it´s not limonade, but it´s so fresh and delicious, and a little sweeter than limonade!!!! thanks for sharing girls!!! and congratulation for being the best diy blog!!! i love your blog!!!
    sorry for my english! i am from argentina !!!!

  • Very great ideas! I love adding different things to lemonade to create new and exciting flavors!! 🙂

  • Congrats on the house – definitely going to try the blackberry lemonade! Looks sooo yummy. xo.

  • These look delicious, and they’re so pretty! I’m definitely planning on making the Strawberry-Basil Lemonade (because lets just face it, basil makes anything better) and the Blackberry Lemonade, except that I’ll use raspberries from my garden this summer.

    xo Julie


  • Such a good idea. Fruit and cucumber is very much like the English Pimms drink.

  • oh wow! im sure they all taste lovely, but even if they didnt, they are just so beautiful to look at! thanks for the great idea 🙂

  • the cucumber lemonade looks heavenly!



  • Oh this is lemonade party!!!:) Wonderful ideas, pure tasty perfection for the hot days!! Can’t wait for the summer now!!!:)


  • What wonderful recipes! your summer parties will be the envy of the season!!


    Ginger and Lace

  • Thanks for giving me something to do with all of the huge grapefruits on my tree! That blackberry one is calling my name. And basil? Sounds interesting.

    ♥ sécia

  • I’m definitely trying these this summer, and will also purchase an awesome pitcher like yours:)

  • These flavored lemonades look delicious! Perfect for spring and so pretty, I definitely want to throw a party simply to serve the strawberry-basil lemonade, amazing 🙂

  • These cocktails are probably very tasty! And the pictures looks great.

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  • These look delicious!! We live in Thailand and it is beyond hot right now; these would be the perfect drink!

  • Yum! I’ve only recently started to make my own lemonade so I’m excited to try out these variations!

  • I want to come to you party! These look fantastic…I hope you don’t mind if I snag the idea!?



  • Those look absolutely delicious!!! Definitely going to give it a try!!!

  • Your lemonade refreshments look absolutely tantalizing. Can’t wait to try them. In the meantime, pinned it!


  • strawberry basil sounds incredible. i would drink this in the winter even!

  • Oh, I like your recipes so much! It’s always something interesting and delicious))Thanks)

  • These are gorgeous and absolutely perfect for that summer picnic!

  • What a great idea! These look delicious, easy to modify with ingredients on hand, and they’re pretty! Summer, here I come! Thanks for sharing!

  • These all look delicious! Yumm! Have you ever tried rose-lemonde? The ingredients are rose-water (it’s the by-product of the production of rose-oil), lemons, sugar and water. I usually squeeze one lemon, add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 liter of water, 2 caps od rose-water. I think it would be nice to serve it with ice cubes with mint-leaves. It’s delicious and refreshing! 🙂
    Congrats for your blog!


  • These look fabulous! I never would have thought to put basil or mint leaves in lemonade!

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  • Those look so delicious! I’ll definitely try some in summer!

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  • these look absolutely delicious!
    i might have to try a couple out for a birthday party i’m hosting this weekend
    thanks for sharing it

  • These look fabulous! Summer can’t come soon enough, I never would have thought to include basil in my lemonade! So clever!

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  • yumm! I can’t wait to try these! They are perfect for relaxing in my backyard with a good book, which happens to be the hunger games at the moment!


  • Wow, these look and sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!!


    I wanna taste them all!!!

    And for my party on the weekend I´d like to mix them with up with a little bitof wodka 🙂

  • Yummy! My kids would love these. And I would like to try spiked versions.


  • Yum! These all look so tasty. I’ll have to try them this summer.

  • These look awesome! AND those are some pretty great pitchers. Now I kind of really want to go shopping…

  • Sounds delish! I love Blackberry and Mint in my tea, so I may have to combine them in my lemonade too! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  • strawberry basil lemonade looks like socks floating in the pitcher. basil? ew, no.

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  • They look so delicious! I can’t wait to try to make some..The strawberry/basil looks like a party in a pitcher. That Grapefruit one looks so refreshing too..Thank you! Happy Memorial Day!

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  • Haaaaa I wanna try that. In France we don’t drink lemonade so much, it’s not something we do for garden parties or barbecues. We often just buy sodas and that’s a bit sad 🙁

    I’ve a big garden party next week, I’ll try to make lemonade all by myself. I’ll tell you if it has success.

  • Has anyone made these or do you just think that it sounds good?

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