Electric Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Electric Lemonade cocktail is a modern twist on the classic lemonade, combining the refreshing citrus flavor with a jolt of electric blue color. This vibrant and eye-catching drink is perfect for summer parties and gatherings, and is sure to be a hit among those who enjoy a sweet and tangy beverage.

  • Originated in the late 20th century
  • Popular at beach bars and poolside parties
  • A favorite among those who enjoy fruity and colorful cocktails

How Electric Lemonade Tastes?

The Electric Lemonade is a sweet, tangy, and refreshing cocktail with a vibrant blue color. It has a perfect balance of sour and sweet flavors, with a hint of fizziness from the soda.

Interesting facts about Electric Lemonade

  • The electric blue color comes from the blue curaçao, a liqueur made from the dried peels of the Laraha citrus fruit
  • The cocktail can be easily customized by adding different fruit juices or flavored vodkas
  • The Electric Lemonade is often served in a tall glass with plenty of ice, making it a perfect drink for hot summer days


A few good options for Electric Lemonade are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Used as the spirits base, 1.5 oz of vodka provides a clean canvas without overly dominating the drink. Too much vodka might overpower the delicate balance, while too little will leave the cocktail lacking bite.

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Blue Curaçao

This 0.5 oz splash of blue curaçao adds a subtle orange flavor and a vivid blue hue. Less would not suffice for the color, and more could make it too sweet.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz gives the needed zing. This acidity balances the sweetness, and without it, you'd lose the 'lemonade' aspect. Too much could make your lips pucker.

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Simple Syrup

This sweetener, at 0.5 oz, is just enough to take the edge off the tartness. No syrup, and you'd have a mouthful of tang; too much, and you'd think you're drinking candy.

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Club Soda

2 oz provides the fizz, elevating the drink from flat to refreshing. Without it, the cocktail would lack its lively spark.

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Chills the drink, without diluting too quickly. Always necessary unless you prefer room-temperature cocktails—no thanks.

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Lemon Wheel

For garnish, it adds aromatic flair and a hint of extra flavor. It's also a visual cue for the lemony experience.

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Maraschino Cherry

The garnish provides a sweet finish and an attractive pop of color against the blue drink—like a little treasure at the bottom of the glass.

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Recipe. How to make Electric Lemonade Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, blue curaçao, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice
  5. Top with club soda
  6. Gently stir the drink to mix
  7. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing experience
  • Shake well to ensure all ingredients are well mixed

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp: The citrus notes of the cocktail complement the succulence of the shrimp.
  • Smoked salmon: The acidity in the drink cuts through the richness of salmon.


  • Greek salad: A refreshing salad alongside a zesty drink makes for a light, enjoyable meal.


  • Salted nuts: Saltiness enhances the sweet and sour elements in the cocktail.
  • Popcorn: A classic match for a casual drink and movie night.

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What you could change in Electric Lemonade

  • Blue Curaçao: Can be replaced with any other citrus-flavored liqueur
  • Vodka: Can be substituted with gin for a different flavor profile
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup for a natural sweetener

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And of course - twists🍹

Raspberry Electric Lemonade

*Swap club soda for raspberry-flavored soda *Add 0.5 oz of raspberry syrup This variant introduces a berry twist, adding fruit complexity to the tart lemonade. The kick of raspberry flavor compliments the hint of orange from the blue curaçao. It's berry refreshing!

Sparkling Electric Lemonade

*Replace club soda with champagne *Add a splash of elderflower liqueur A touch of class and bubbly effervescence makes this twist a boozy affair—perfect for brunches or celebrating moments. Elderflower brings an enticing floral note.

Green Electric Lemonade

*Use green melon liqueur instead of blue curaçao This emerald twist offers a melon flavor that elicits tropical vibes. It's a zesty, mellow alternative for those who want to veer off the beaten path. The green screams 'electric' even more!

In case you forgot basics how to make Electric Lemonade

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Electric Lemonade

What is the origin of Blue Curaçao?

Blue Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. Despite its vibrant blue color, the liqueur has a pleasant citrus flavor.

Can I make my own simple syrup?

Absolutely! Simple syrup is quite easy to make at home. Simply heat equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool before using it in your cocktails.

Is it okay to leave out the garnish?

While the garnish often adds an aesthetic appeal to the drink, it can be left out if you prefer. However, certain garnishes do add a subtle flavour to the drink, so keep that in mind.

What other drinks can be made with Blue Curaçao?

Blue Curaçao is versatile and can be used to make various other cocktails such as the Blue Hawaii, Bluebird, Blue Lagoon, and Blue Margarita.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Electric Lemonade?

A non-alcoholic or 'mocktail' version can certainly be made. Simply leave out the vodka and the Blue Curaçao. You can add blue food coloring if you still want the vibrant blue color.

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