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Hard Lemonade Recipe
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Hard Lemonade

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"A lemony syrup made by boiling lemon zest with lemon and sugar is the base for this delicious and refreshing hard lemonade with vodka."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Zest 1 lemon into large pieces using a knife. Place lemon zest in a saucepan; top with 1 cup water and sugar. Bring lemon zest mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and liquid is syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool; remove and discard lemon zest.
  2. Stir lemon juice and vodka together in a pitcher; pour in lemon syrup. Stir in enough water to fill the pitcher.
  3. Fill glasses with ice; pour hard lemonade into each glass. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.
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Jul 22, 2014

A little work.......BUT ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. This is outstanding.

Jun 28, 2015

I think that a cup of sugar is too much. Next time, I will put less then 3/4 cups in and add more lemon. It needs to be more sour. Too much sugar is not refreshing for a hot day.


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Apr 12, 2015

I will never buy commercial hard lemonade again because it seems tasteless in comparison! I added more fresh lemon juice: bringing it to a cup. The recipe calls for the juice of 6 lemons, which translates to about 12 Tablespoons, about 3/4 cup. It's also yummy if you use citrus flavored vodka, but if you have a big crop of fresh lemons, this is a great way to use 'em up, and using regular vodka keeps the price down.

Aug 25, 2014

My husband and I love this. Very sweet and yummy. Totally worth the work. I am not sure why the other reviewer's was so sour. I wonder if her lemons were supersized or she used a smaller pitcher than I did or something? Ours is definitely lemony, but more sweet than anything.

Jul 27, 2014

I don't know why, but this turned out CRAZY sour for me. I made the syrup exactly as stated, but the drink was still very sour (despite mixing well). I still enjoyed it, but it was a little too bitter for most of my guests.


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  • Calories
  • 291 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.4 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 6.2 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 11 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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