If life hands you lemons, make lemonade! This age-old phrase is common in everday life; and it's also equally as fitting for wedding planning. When stressful situations occur, find the best in everything and keep your eye on the prize – marrying your beloved. And if you'd like to get a bit more literal, try making your own lemonade – or a lemonade-based cocktail – and sit back, relax, and enjoy.
The refreshing beverage is a classic staple for summer, and can even make an appearance on your wedding day. We've seen couples offer lemonade before their oudoor wedding ceremonies, as well as at the reception. For a fun cocktail hour beverage, consider spiking lemonade with your favorite type of alcohol. Add fruit to garnish, or a sprig of rosemary or lavender for garden nuptials!
To celebrate National Lemonade Day (August 20th), we asked Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co. – who has an all-natural lemonade made with only three ingredients: water, lemons, and sugar – for recipes that will be loved by wedding guests of all ages. Offer little ones lemonade straight out of the bottle, and invite adult guests to sample these three refreshing cocktails!
- 32 oz Natalie’s Natural Lemonade
- 8 oz St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
- 1 qt sparkling water or club soda
- 1 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 2 large lemons, thinly sliced
- Crushed ice
1. In a large pitcher, stir together the Natural Lemonade and St. Germaine.
2. Add 1 cup of blackberries, 1 sliced lemon, and a few cups of ice.
3. Add enough sparkling water to fill pitcher to the top.
4. Fill glasses or jars with ice, add a few blackberries and lemon slices to each glass.
5. Fill with lemonade, and serve immediately.
Recipe & photo courtesy of Cafe Johnsonia
- Ice cubes
- 2 oz blue Curaçao
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz basil simple syrup*
- Natalie’s Natural Lemonade
- Basil leaves and blueberries, for garnish
*Basil Simple Syrup Recipe
1. In a small pot, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped basil.
2. Bring to a boil – 1 minute or until the syrup dissolves.
3. Strain basil leaves from the syrup.
4. Allow the syrup to cool completely, store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
2. Pour the blue Curaçao, vodka, and basil simple syrup into the glass, stir to combine.
3. Add Natalie’s Natural Lemonade to fill the glass, stir.
4. Garnish with basil leaves and a pick of fresh blueberries.
Tip: For a mocktail version of this drink, substitute blue raspberry syrup for the Curaçao and add extra Natalie’s Natural Lemonade in place of the vodka. Now it’s a fun drink for the whole family!
Recipe & photo courtesy of Jeran McConnel
Ft. Pierce Lemonade
- 1 oz whiskey
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- Natalie’s Natural Lemonade
- Splash of Sprite
(Yields 1 cocktail)
1. Salt/sugar rim if desired.
2. Fill a glass with ice.
3. Add ingredients.
4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.