Lemonade and Tequila Cocktail

Reminiscent of a margarita, the Lemonade and Tequila Cocktail is lighter and refreshing; a welcome drink in the heat of summer!

Lemonade Cocktail for National Lemonade Day | @creativculinary

OK, yesterday was officially National Lemonade Day but, but, but…I do cocktails on Friday; what was I to do? I say better late than never right? And believe me, this Lemonade and Tequila Cocktail really fills the bill.

Be thankful I decided to post it a day late; it is almost the perfect late summer libation. At least for someone like me. I hang onto summer tooth and nail. I honestly do not get the excitement over Fall; I mean I guess Fall is OK but what comes next? WINTER?

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Cold, snowy, icy, did I say cold…winter? Ugh. Not being a skier I’m a Coloradan that loves the warmer months in our state. The low humidity, cool nights, no bugs months when my garden is in bloom and I can enjoy the flowers, herbs and tomatoes and every meal is eaten outdoors on my patio enjoying those fruits of my labor.

Winter? Stuck inside with a shiver is all I can think of…so I’m not ready til I have to get out a shovel…and I’m hoping that’s not for at least two more months!

Hornitos Tequila for Lemonade | @creativculinary

So summer it still is and I only wish I had discovered this lemonade gem earlier. In keeping with many other cocktails I make, the lemon is balanced a bit with a touch of lime and the finished drink  has just a touch of fizz from some ginger ale.

Seriously if one can find true love in a drink; I’m there even if it means cheating on my first love, a margarita. I can’t take credit for this though; the folks at Hornitos Tequila asked if I would like to feature their recipe and now I will love them forever.

As a matter of fact, look for a series of cocktails I will be creating for Hornitos through the next couple of months. This cocktail was made with Hornitos Plata (aka Blanco or silver), a 100% agave tequila.

It’s a straightforward, unaged tequila, very crisp with that trademark tequila “kick,” an almost medicinal note that doesn’t make for great sipping in my opinion but is great for mixing and was a fine choice for this lemonade.

Lemonade Cocktail for National Lemonade Day | @creativculinary

Definitely some of the same elements you’ll find in my favorite margarita but still so different and so very good. It’s only August and I know it’s crying for a great end of summer drink…this is it! Join me won’t  you? 

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Lemonade and Tequila Cocktail

A simple and crisp summer cocktail; I call it my Margarita Lite!
4.80 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails, Friday Cocktails, Liqueurs, Tequila
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 171 kcal


  • 2 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ½ ounces Lemonade see notes to make your own
  • ½ ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 ½ ounce Ginger Ale


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, lemonade and lime juice and shake until ice cold.
  • Fill a Collins glass with ice; pour the contents of the shaker over the ice and top with Ginger Ale.
  • Stir. Garnish with a lemon slice and be sure to include a straw!


Use any lemonade you want but if you want to make your own like I did it’s easy.
  1. 1 cup lemon juice (approximately 6 lemons)
  2. 3/4-1 cup simple syrup to taste (make simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup water with 1 cup sugar and heating til sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 cup of ice chips to mixture and stir; refrigerate if necessary.
  3. Combine the lemon juice and simple syrup in a pitcher and stir. BEST lemonade ever!


Nutrition Facts
Lemonade and Tequila Cocktail
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cocktail, lemonade, tequila
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    1. I agree…especially Margarita Day which is in the winter. I mean I love the idea of Margarita Day but it is a summer libation if ever there was one!

    1. The only negative thing about it is that it is SO refreshing I could have downed the glass in seconds. Uh oh…wait a minute Barb; there is BOOZE in this!

    1. That would work for me…well maybe not everyday because I sure love Limeade too! You have to try this one; we just loved it!

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