Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

I love a nice cocktail.  It has been a while since I have made a cocktail for the blog, but I figured this would be the perfect summertime drink.  Grilled lemonade, vodka and splash of seltzer makes this a refreshing cocktail for those hot summer nights.

The Lemonade

The basis of the lemonade is simple syrup.  Basically add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan.  Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely.  Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and you are ready to make lemonade.

Simple Syrup

Side Note – This stuff is like super glue if you spill it.  Super sticky stuff.  I lost a flip flop to this so watch out!

Preheat your grill to high.  If using charcoal make sure it is a hot fire.

Cut three lemons in half.

Cut the lemons in half

Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar on a plate and then place the lemons cut side down on the plate.  Coat the cut side of the lemons with sugar.

Coat the lemons with sugar

Place the lemons cut side down on the grill.

Grill cut side down

Grill for 2-3 minutes until the lemons are caramelized.

Caramelized Lemons

Remove the lemons from the grill and squeeze them over strainer into a bowl or measuring cup.  Heating the lemons makes them super easy to squeeze.  Watch out for hot flying lemon juice.

Squeeze them

Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup to the juice and you have some mighty fine lemonade.

The Cocktail

Fill a tall glass with ice.  Fill the glass half full with the lemonade.  Then add two shots of vodka.  Top the glass off with sparkling water or seltzer and you have the most refreshing cocktail of the year.

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer
I love a nice cocktail. It has been a while since I have made a cocktail for the blog, but I figured this would be the perfect summertime drink. Grilled lemonade, vodka and splash of seltzer makes this a refreshing cocktail for those hot summer nights.
Servings: 2
Author: Rex
Ingredients
Grilled Lemondade
  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 Cup plus 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
Grill Vodka Lemonade Spritzer (each)
  • 4 oz Grilled Lemonade
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Seltzer
Instructions
The Lemonade
  1. The basis of the lemonade is simple syrup. Basically add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and you are ready to make lemonade.
  2. Preheat your grill to high. If using charcoal make sure it is a hot fire.
  3. Cut three lemons in half.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar on a plate and then place the lemons cut side down on the plate. Coat the cut side of the lemons with sugar.
  5. Place the lemons cut side down on the grill. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the lemons are caramelized.
  6. Remove the lemons from the grill and squeeze them over strainer into a bowl or measuring cup. Heating the lemons makes them super easy to squeeze. Watch out for hot flying lemon juice.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup to the juice and you have some mighty fine lemonade.
The Cocktail
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice. Fill the glass half full with the lemonade. Then add two shots of vodka. Top the glass off with sparkling water or seltzer and you have the most refreshing cocktail of the year.

This drink is awesome!

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

You can vary the sweetness of the drink by adding or subtracting the simple syrup from the lemonade.  If you make it with 1/4 cup of simple syrup you get a nice tart cocktail.  I enjoyed this, but Dana really liked it sweet.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

4 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos.

    Vodka Lemonade is our "go to" beach drink. It keeps perfectly in an insulated cooler (Thermos). Ice and personal mugs are all you need to add.

    Can't wait to try this recipe / version out! Thanks!

  2. wow. I do like this vodka here and yes i really want to try drinking it. honestly i have never tried it not even once and I dont know the taste.

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