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Refreshing Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail Recipe (Big Batch)

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor gatherings and parties. Whether you’re around the pool or hosting a BBQ, a large batch cocktail is a must-have. Mint infused simple syrup and ginger ale, make this Bourbon Spiked Lemonade cocktail the perfect refreshing summer drink recipe. It’s so easy to make and the flavors blend together for a smooth finish.

The perfect large batch party cocktail, this Bourbon Spiked Lemonade recipe is so refreshing with infused mint and ginger ale. #Bourbon #SpikedLemonade #CocktailRecipe #SummerCocktail

Lemonade just screams summertime and it has a nostalgic feeling to it. We all grew up enjoying lemonade and knew fresh squeezed was the best. The same still holds true today, but adding the bourbon makes it oh-so-better! It’s a grown up version that you’ll truly enjoy.

Looking for other summertime cocktail recipes? My Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine is a very boozy hit. Frozen Captain America Cocktail is a patriotic hit too.

Related: Tips For Growing Your Own Mint

Refreshing Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

This recipe makes a big pitcher of cocktails that you can pour into individual servings. I love using classic mason jars for an authentic southern feeling. Use plenty of ice to keep it cool and add fresh mint with lemon wedges for garnish. It’s a great cocktail!

Kentucky Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

What Type Of Bourbon To Use

You don’t need a very expensive bourbon because you’ll be blending it with the fresh lemonade. We used the original Bulliet Bourbon, and it has a naturally smooth finish that isn’t too spicy. So it’s easy to add to a sweet cocktail recipe.

Step-By-Step Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Instructions

In a small saucepan, over medium high heat, bring sugar and water to a boil.  This is going to create a simple syrup.

Sugar and Water Bringing To Boil

Reduce heat; cook 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and mint leaves.

Adding lemon and mint leaves to simple syrup

Stir in the bourbon. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

Adding bourbon to mint infused simple syrup

Just before serving, strain mixture into a 2-qt. pitcher; stir in ginger ale.

Straining mixture to remove mint leaves

Serve over ice. If desired, top with lemon slices and additional mint.

Adding lemon wedges and mint to finish bourbon spiked lemonade cocktail

Yield: 6 Servings

Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail

Kentucky Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Sweet and refreshing, this Bourbon Spiked Lemonade Cocktail recipe is perfect for summer entertaining! It's made with a mint infused simple syrup and ginger ale adds a depth of flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water (filtered for best flavor)
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves (plus a few extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon
  • 4 Cups Gingerale
  • Ice Cubes
  • Optional: Lemon Slices (for garnish)


  1. In a small pot, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium high heat - to make a simple syrup. Reduce heat and cook another 1-2 minutes on low or until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and mint leaves. Stir in bourbon too. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, strain mixture into your pitcher. Add gingerale and stir to combine. Serve over ice and add lemon slices + mint leaves for garnish.


- I prefer to use a ice nugget for this cocktail and place my garnish mint throughout the full length of glass (not just on top).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 0g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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