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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! 

Side shot of two mason jars of strawberry lemonade vodka slushies, with lemon slices and glass straws.

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.

Side shot of a pitcher full of strawberry lemonade vodka slush, ready to drink after blending.
My hand holding a citrus press, squeezing a bunch of fresh lemon.

Ingredients Needed for Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies:

  • 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? 😀

Side shot of hands holding two mason jars of strawberry lemonade vodka slushies.

How to make Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies:

  1. 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.
  2. Squeeze the lemons. Using a citrus press (or your hands) squeeze a bunch of lemons, enough to get about 3/4 cup.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve. Pour slushies into glasses, insert straws, and enjoy!
Overhead shot of a pitcher full of the frozen strawberry lemonade vodka slush mixture.

What to serve with your slushies:

I’m ready for some cool summertime drinks. Enjoy!

Need more of a holiday slush recipe? Make my Cranberry Vodka Slush! Perfect large-batch recipe for a holiday crowd. 😀

Overhead shot of two strawberry lemonade vodka slushies, on a white board.

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Make this cocktail next: Classic Skinny Margaritas

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xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of two mason jars of strawberry lemonade vodka slushies, with lemon slices and glass straws.

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies

Summertime is better with Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies! Frozen strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons, combined with vodka, a little bit of simple syrup and ice – make these drinks the hit of the party. Skip the vodka for virgin slushies! 
4.96 from 22 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails, strawberry lemonade, vodka slushies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 cocktails
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3-4 lemons) – freshly squeezed (can use less for not as much tartness)
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

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Notes

  • IF YOU LIKE A SWEETER DRINK, add additional simple syrup. If you want to avoid refined sugars, use honey instead. It will taste more tart.
  • If desired, use fresh strawberries 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

32 Comments

  1. Perfect poolside beverage. Easy and deliish!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Libby!

  2. 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!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Karen! I’m so glad you have been enjoying them. 🙂

  3. 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

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It IS delicious! And it can sneak up on you, so good job being careful! 🙂

  4. Can you substitute splenda for sugar in this recipe?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      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.

  5. 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! ?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Schon! So glad you enjoyed the slushies! We love them too. 🙂

  6. I would not be able to avoid these at a summer party. I’m ready for SUMMER NOW.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I hear ya on that one! These drinks will help you get there. 🙂

  7. This sounds like such a tasty and refreshing summer cocktail!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It really is, Caroline! I hope you try them soon!

  8. 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….

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Terri! I’m so glad you are adapting this for your kids too. Cheers!

  9. Eileen Kelly says:

    These slushies hit the spot. Absolutely delicious and the perfect treat for me and the hubs.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the slushies, Eileen! Cheers!

  10. colleen kennedy says:

    Totally digging the lemonade portion of this! Yum!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Colleen! We love these slushies, and a lot of people are drinking them! 🙂

  11. 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.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Let me know how you like them, Carlos! It IS a crazy time, and we have been enjoying a nightly cocktail.

      1. Was wounding if this can be made ahead of time & possibly freeze it over night, for next day use? Thanks

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          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!

  12. Such a fun and refreshing cocktail. I can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      They are pretty amazing, and refreshing too. Enjoy!

  13. So yummy and perfect for summer!! Seriously LOVE these slushies!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Tiff! So glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  14. 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.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks for being my model! 🙂

  15. Perfect for summer or for any day if you live in California!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I totally agree, Shari!

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