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Gin and lemonade are the best combination! Make this quick and easy 2 ingredient cocktail that’s perfectly sweet tart.

Gin and lemonade

Need an easy 2 ingredient cocktail idea with gin? Try this Gin and Lemonade! It might sound overly simple, but gin and lemon are a natural cocktail pairing featured in many classic drinks. What do the Tom Collins, Gin Fizz, and French 75 have in common? They all pair gin and lemon! If you’re in the mood for a laid back version of these drinks, simply stir together gin and lemonade.

Grab these 2 ingredients for gin and lemonade

Gin and lemonade requires nothing beyond the two ingredients in its name. But here’s a note: it’s best when you use homemade lemonade because the flavor is outstanding. You can make a full pitcher or by the glass. But if you prefer, you can use purchased lemonade. The botanical flavors of gin paired with the citrusy lemon is delicious either way. Here’s what you’ll need for gin and lemonade:

  • Homemade lemonade (lemons, sugar, and water) or purchased lemonade
  • Gin of any brand

Make it by the pitcher or glass

This gin and lemonade recipe is pretty loose, and only requires stirring together two ingredients. It’s great as a singe glass, or you can make an entire pitcher. Go to the recipe below, or review these notes:

  • Make the homemade lemonade. You’ll need 6 cups of the lemonade for a pitcher, or ¾ cup lemonade for a glass. If you’d like, you can make a single serving of homemade lemonade! Go to that post and search for the “by the glass” variation. Then measure out ¾ cup for this recipe.
  • For the pitcher, use 6 cups lemonade and 2 cups gin.
  • For the glass, use ¾ cup lemonade and ¼ cup gin.
Gin and lemonade

The type of gin to use

When it comes to gin and lemonade, really anything goes! Use whatever gin you have on hand. But keep in mind, some gin has very forward flavor profiles. Here are some brands we like:

  • Malfy gin has a great flavor that blends well in cocktails. We also like local gin options: where we live in Indianapolis we buy from 8th Day Distillery or Hotel Tango
  • Tanqueray gin is very floral and can overpower drinks
  • Opihr gin is has very forward spices (in this drink, it almost tasted like cumin!)

What are your favorite brands of gin? Let us know in the comments below!

Variations on gin and lemonade

There are lots of ways to spike your lemonade! Here are our favorite liquors to mix with lemonade:

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Gin and lemonade

Gin and Lemonade

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Gin and lemonade are the best combination! Make this quick and easy 2 ingredient cocktail that’s perfectly sweet tart.


  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) homemade lemonade or purchased lemonade*
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) gin
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • Fresh mint and lemon slices, for garnish


  1. By the glass: In a glass, pour in the lemonade and gin. Add ice and garnish with fresh mint and lemon slices.
  2. By the pitcher: Mix 6 cups lemonade with 2 cups gin. Add ice and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Gin and lemonade

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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