Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies
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Summertime is better with Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies! Frozen strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons, combined with vodka, a little bit of sugar and ice – make these drinks the hit of the party. Skip the vodka for virgin slushies!
Looking for more party cocktails to try? Look no further! Try my fan-favorite Classic Skinny Margaritas (or Swirl Margaritas), my personal favorite Mai Tai Recipe, or some tangy Limoncello Moscow Mules. There is also the Classic Moscow Mule as well!
Best Vodka Slush
I’m not gonna lie. I like my fruity drinks. But the reason I don’t drink them very often, is because they are LOADED with sugar. I usually stick with beer and wine when we go out on the weekends, because I’m afraid I’ll get some on-tap sugar zapper.
You know, the margaritas or daiquiris or sangrias that are in those machines – and they crank them out one after another. “Here’s your blood-sugar-buster ma’am.”
No thanks. I’ll make my own at home.
It’s summertime, and I’m ready to crank out a few lower-sugar belly-slimming drinks right here in my kitchen. YES please.
Do you love the combo of strawberries and lemon like I do? If so, try some Strawberry Vodka Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Margaritas!
- Frozen Strawberries – Buy the ones with NO sugar added. That way you can control how sweet you take your drinks.
- Fresh Lemons – You know how I am about fresh lemons and limes. SO good, so worth it.
- Vodka – Get a good quality vodka, and avoid the cheap stuff. Your body will thank you for it. OR, skip the vodka altogether for a virgin cocktail.
- A little sugar (or honey) – Use as much or as little as you like.
- Ice – The colder the better, LOL.
- Friends – The more, the merrier, right? 😀
- Fun stuff – Cute mason jars, and reusable glass straws for the win! (Not required but kinda fun! See below for the ones I have.)
Anyone wanna come over for cocktails and snacks? 😀
How to make Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies:
Make simple syrup (ahead of time). Either on your stove top or in your microwave, combine an equal amount of sugar and water and cook until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cooled.
Squeeze the lemons. Using a citrus press (or your hands), squeeze a bunch of lemons, enough to get about 3/4 cup.
Prep glasses. Pour some sugar on a plate. Take a lemon wedge and run it around the rims of your glasses. Turn them upside down on the plate to get a sugar coated rim. Place some lemon slices on the edge of glasses.
Mix. In a blender (or Vitamix), combine frozen fruit, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vodka, simple syrup (or honey), and ice (if needed), and puree until smooth. You may need to do this in two batches if blender isn’t large enough.
Serve. Pour slushies into glasses, insert straws, and enjoy!
Other slush recipes to try next:
- Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush
- Frozen Vodka Slush (regular version)
- Cranberry Vodka Slush
What to serve with vodka slushies:
- Beef and Bean Nachos – Prep the meat mixture in advance, and then the rest is a breeze.
- Classic Deviled Eggs – I love keeping some of these in the refrigerator for when the boys are home.
- Toasted Pine Nut Hummus – Homemade hummus is the BEST.
- Whipped Feta Dip with Honey – We are obsessed with this dip!
Kitchen Tools used for this recipe: (Affiliate Links)
- Vitamix Blender – We use this every day for smoothies.
- Citrus Press – Used for cocktails and other recipes.
- Mason Jars – 16-Ounces – I have a large stash of mason jars of all sizes.
- Glass Drinking Straws – These are great for the environment, and fun to use too!
Make this cocktail next: Classic Skinny Margaritas
Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies
- 3 oz. fresh lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon) – freshly squeezed
- 5 cups frozen strawberries – no sugar added
- 1 cup vodka – use good quality
- 1/4 cup simple syrup – or more, to taste (OR use honey)
- 2-3 cups ice – if needed to reach desired consistency
- sugar – to rim glass
- extra lemon slices – to serve
- Ahead of time, make a simple syrup. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil in small pan. Once sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool. Store in refrigerator. You might want to make more (especially if you make more than one batch) and store it in the refrigerator.
- Using a citrus press, squeeze lemons into a jar. This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated.
- Prep glasses, by running a lemon slice around the rims. Pour some sugar, and some lemon zest (optional) on to a plate, and press the rims of glasses on plate to get a nice sugared rim.
- Using a large blender, combine fresh lemon juice, frozen strawberries, vodka, and simple syrup – and pulse until smooth. Add ice to desired consistency.
- To serve, pour slushie mixture into prepared glasses. Add lemon slices to edge of glasses, and enjoy!
- IF YOU LIKE A SWEETER DRINK, add additional simple syrup. If you want to avoid refined sugars, use honey in your simple syrup instead.
- If desired, use fresh strawberries (instead of frozen) and additional ice for this recipe.
- You can also pour slush mixture into a container and freeze. To serve, scoop out slush into glasses, and let them melt a bit before drinking, or enjoy with a spoon.
- Use a good quality vodka for these cocktails.
- This recipe makes four 12 oz. drinks. To make it go further, let strawberries thaw, and then add additional ice.
- You can skip the vodka for virgin drinks.
This was an awesome drink! Pulled out the glass straws and enjoyed our adult slushies!
Adult slushies are the best, huh? 🙂
Perfect poolside beverage. Easy and deliish!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Libby!
Watch out for brain freeze! These are so good. I have experimented by adding different types of frozen fruits and it’s always been delicious. (With strawberries as the main base.)
I also made a Virgin one for the kids and it was a hit in a hot day!
Thanks so much for your feedback, Karen! I’m so glad you have been enjoying them. 🙂
Made this tonight, I personally am not a drinker, so I had to be careful because I wanted to guzzle it because it was so delicious
It IS delicious! And it can sneak up on you, so good job being careful! 🙂
Can you substitute splenda for sugar in this recipe?
I’m not a fan of Splenda, but you could try it. You will definitely need something to sweeten the drinks to balance the lemon.
Made this tonight and it was a hit! The frozen strawberries are the key to this refreshing drink. So glad I doubled the batch!
Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe that can be made with or without vodka! ?
Hi Schon! So glad you enjoyed the slushies! We love them too. 🙂
I would not be able to avoid these at a summer party. I’m ready for SUMMER NOW.
I hear ya on that one! These drinks will help you get there. 🙂
This sounds like such a tasty and refreshing summer cocktail!
It really is, Caroline! I hope you try them soon!
I love that I can make the same drink for my kids and myself by just skipping the vodka in theirs! Can’t wait for summer now 🙂 Can’t come soon enough this year….
Hi Terri! I’m so glad you are adapting this for your kids too. Cheers!
These slushies hit the spot. Absolutely delicious and the perfect treat for me and the hubs.
I’m glad you enjoyed the slushies, Eileen! Cheers!
Totally digging the lemonade portion of this! Yum!
Hi Colleen! We love these slushies, and a lot of people are drinking them! 🙂
This recipe iso n my alley! You know I love a good alcohol drink :). This is perfect for this time that we are living right now. I will make a bit pitcher and seat on my balcony to enjoy the wonderful weather.
Let me know how you like them, Carlos! It IS a crazy time, and we have been enjoying a nightly cocktail.
Was wounding if this can be made ahead of time & possibly freeze it over night, for next day use? Thanks
Yes, you can definitely make this ahead of time, store it in the freezer, and then scoop it out into glasses to serve later. Enjoy!
Such a fun and refreshing cocktail. I can’t wait to try this one!
They are pretty amazing, and refreshing too. Enjoy!
So yummy and perfect for summer!! Seriously LOVE these slushies!
Thanks Tiff! So glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
This recipe is awesome and I love that you removed so much sugar. I always feel like I am on vacation with this drink. Such a treat poolside on the weekend. The mason jar tip is legit.
Thanks for being my model! 🙂
Perfect for summer or for any day if you live in California!!
I totally agree, Shari!