Lemon Squash 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


Lemon Squash cocktail is a refreshing and zesty drink that has been enjoyed for decades. It is believed to have originated in the United States, where it quickly gained popularity due to its invigorating taste and easy preparation. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy citrus flavors and is often enjoyed during the summer months.

  • Origin: United States
  • Popularity: Summer months
  • Ideal for: Citrus lovers, outdoor gatherings, and warm weather

How Lemon Squash Tastes?

Lemon Squash cocktail is a delightful combination of sour, sweet, and slightly bitter flavors. The lemon juice provides a tangy and zesty taste, while the sugar syrup balances it with a touch of sweetness. The soda water adds a refreshing fizz and lightness to the drink.

Interesting facts about Lemon Squash

  • Lemon Squash cocktail is often served in a tall glass, allowing for a generous amount of ice to keep the drink chilled.
  • The cocktail can be easily customized by adding different fruits or herbs, such as strawberries, mint, or basil.
  • Lemon Squash is sometimes confused with Lemonade, but the former has a more complex flavor profile due to the addition of soda water and sugar syrup.


  • Lemon juice: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Sugar syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Soda water: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Ice: 1 cup
  • Garnish: Lemon Slice

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is our star player, bringing that tangy citrus punch we all crave! The 2 oz is just enough to wake up the taste buds without making them do a sour somersault. Forget the lemon juice, and you've got a sad, flat soda.

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Sugar Syrup

Sweetness to the rescue! The sugar syrup, at 1 oz, balances the tartness of the lemon, creating a flavor harmony. Too much, and you'll think you're drinking lemonade; too little, and your face might pucker a bit more than you'd like.

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Soda Water

This bubbling buddy, Soda Water (4 oz), adds the fizz that carries all the flavors to your senses while keeping things light and refreshing. No soda water equals no fun... It's like a pool without water!

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The unsung hero of cocktails - Ice, 1 cup, to keep everything chill and dilute the drink to perfection. No ice means a warm, concentrated drink that's more likely to squish your squash dreams.

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Garnish: Lemon Slice

It's not just for looks, people! That lemon slice garnish adds a hint of extra citrus aroma and makes the whole experience a tad more sophisticated. If you skip this step, you'll miss the 'oohs' and 'aahs' from your guests.

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Recipe. How to make Lemon Squash Drink

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of lemon juice and 1 oz of sugar syrup over the ice.
  3. Top the glass with 4 oz of soda water.
  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Bottled lemon juice can have a bitter taste.
  • Chill your glass before making the cocktail to keep it cold for longer.
  • Add the soda water last to keep the fizz.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The zesty lemon flavor complements the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp beautifully.
  • Salads: A fresh garden or Caesar salad would be the perfect light partner for the tangy and refreshing notes of the Lemon Squash cocktail.
  • Chicken Dishes: Lemon and chicken are a classic duo. Opt for grilled or roasted preparations that focus on herbs and citrus.

Drink Pairings

  • Iced Tea: A non-alcoholic pairing which can match the Lemon Squash's refreshing quality.
  • Dry White Wine: For those preferring a boozy sidekick, a crisp sauvignon blanc pairs harmoniously with the citrus notes.

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What you could change in Lemon Squash

  • Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a different citrus flavor.
  • Honey or agave syrup can replace the sugar syrup for a natural sweetener.
  • Sparkling water can be used instead of soda water for a less sweet version.

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And of course - twists🍹

Ginger Lemon Squash

Add a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice for a spicy twist that warms as it refreshes. This zingy variant will dance on your tongue!

Berry Lemon Squash

Muddle a handful of fresh berries at the bottom of the glass before adding ice. The fruits add sweetness and a colorful twist that's berry delicious.

Herbal Lemon Squash

Include a sprig of fresh mint or basil to lend an herby note. The natural oils in the leaves will imbue a subtle aroma, making it an aromatic garden in a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lemon Squash

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 Lemon Squash

What is it that gives the Lemon Squash cocktail its distinctive lemony flavor?

The primary flavoring agent in the Lemon Squash cocktail is lemon juice, which is carefully balanced with sugar syrup to create a delightful sour yet sweet taste.

Do I need any special equipment to make a Lemon Squash cocktail?

No special tools are needed to make a Lemon Squash. Simple kitchen utensils and glassware will do the job.

Can I make a Lemon Squash cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, the Lemon Squash as per the recipe given, is already a non-alcoholic drink. It relies purely on the combination of lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water for its flavor.

What food pairs well with a Lemon Squash cocktail?

A Lemon Squash pairs well with light, summery dishes such as grilled fish, salads, and citrus-infused desserts.

Is it suitable for those with specific diets like Vegan, Gluten-free, etc.?

Yes, as the Lemon Squash cocktail is made of lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water, it is suitable for Vegans, as well as those following Gluten-free diets.

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