PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES+CHILLING
YIELDS: 8 SERVINGS
Here’s the ideal way to beat the summer heat: meet Spiked lemonade! Lemonade is a classic summertime sipper, but one way to make this beloved beverage even more fun is a little splash of booze.
- 2- ¼ cups sugar
- 5 cups water, divided
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1- ¾ cups lemon juice
- 1 cup light rum or vodka
- 6 to 8 cups ice cubes
- In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1 cup water and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and remaining water. Pour into a 2-qt. pitcher; refrigerate until chilled.
- Stir in rum. For each serving, place 3/4 to 1 cup ice in a Collins or highball glass. Pour lemonade mixture into glass. Garnish with lemon slices as desired.