Lemonade Slushie Recipe

Looking for something seriously refreshing to beat the heat? This lemonade slushie is icy and tangy: drink it straight up or spike it with gin for a kick!

Lemonade slushie recipe

Summer has come! Not being an Indiana native, it’s taken me a while to grasp the importance of this coming weekend for my adopted state. The Memorial Day holiday marks the coming of summer, but it’s the day before that’s even more important — Indy 500 Race Day. Since I’m no true Hoosier, I judge the start of summer in other ways: temperatures edging up into the 90s, the mint patch starting to run wild, and our drooping landscaping. And what better way to beat the heat than a lemonade slushie recipe?

Lemonade slushie recipe

Making this lemonade slushie recipe

In honor of the upcoming Indy 500 weekend, Alex concocted this lemonade slushie, or lemon slush recipe, adding in aromatic mint from our out-of-control patch. Our goal was to keep this lemonade slushie naturally sweet, which sometimes can be tough with the strong taste of natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. But this experiment came out perfect — the maple syrup or honey sweetens the lemon just enough, and the mint adds just the right amount of complexity.

How to make a lemonade slushie? The hardest part is juicing the lemons! For this recipe, you’ll need 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, which equates to about 6 lemons. We wouldn’t recommend using bottled lemon juice here: for the best flavor, go with the real thing! We’ve yet to find a brand of bottled lemon juice that tastes just like fresh lemon juice.

After you’ve juiced all the lemons, you’ll bring the juice to a simmer with maple syrup or honey, then turn off the heat and add mint leaves. Let it stand for 10 minutes: this allows the mint flavor to steep into the liquid. After 10 minutes, you’ll combine with more cool water and freeze into ice cubes. It takes about 6 hours to freeze into cubes, so you may want to consider making this recipe the night before.

Serving this lemonade slushie

When it’s time to serve, blend up your lemonade cubes in a blender with just enough water, and you’ve got an instant lemonade slushie! You can drink it as is as a non-alcoholic beverage. Or, our favorite is spiking this one with a bit of gin — it’s very delicious! The level of gin is just enough to give it some bite, without being too strong. It’s the most refreshing summer drink! Let us know in the comments below what you think!

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This lemonade slushie recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, vegan, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Lemonade Slushie Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


Looking for something seriously refreshing to beat the heat? This lemonade slushie is icy and tangy: drink it straight up or spike it with gin for a kick!


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • ½ cup gin (optional)


  1. Juice the lemons. In a small saucepan, heat the lemon juice, honey, and ½ cup water. Stir to dissolve the maple syrup or honey. When the mixture reaches a simmer, turn off the heat, and add a large handful mint leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove mint leaves and add 2 ½ cups cool water. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze (the liquid will fill about 2 ½ trays) — about 6 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, place the lemon ice cubes into a blender with the gin (optional), and blend. Add just enough water to make it slushy (about 1 cup, or more without gin). Serve immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemonade Slushie, Lemon Slush Recipe, Lemon Drinks, Summer Drink Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This sounds so refreshing. I’m running a marathon this Sunday and am going to make this when I get home! It would be perfect!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Sounds delish — did it turn out?

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Sounds great. We have a ton of mint as well.

    I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life, and have never attended the race. Spending 4 hours in the baking sun for a car race has zero appeal to me.

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Agree — same here! :)

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    May 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Oh this does sound lovely! So cold and refreshing on a hot day. I’m so happy to have discovered your blog today :)

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    May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I have just the person who will love this drink. It might have to be added to the race day menu. And we have to find a camping blender. To sip while listening to “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

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      May 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      If you can keep ice cubes frozen until noon on Sunday, I’ll be impressed!

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe! I’ve been looking for ways to use my ever expanding mint garden and this sounds delicious! Have a great weekend! :-)

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    May 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    YUM! Definitely making this. I love gin, my mint plant is growing out of control and it’s going to be a hot weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

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    May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    These look so good. Sounds like a Memorial Day must have! YUM

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    May 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Oh this sounds amazing (and easy)! The temps are in the 100s already here in AZ and this sounds like a nice treat!

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    This looks incredible. It’s been so humid here – this would be perfect for my evening. :) {I have out-of-control mint, too!}

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    Courtney Jones
    May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    This with a splash of gin sounds fantastic! Might make these for my birthday BBQ in a few weeks!

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    May 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I lived in Indiana for 10 years and, much to everyone’s disappointment, never attended a race….sitting in the hot sun, watching a car go around a circle? No thanks!

    This drink sounds super refreshing….can’t wait to try it!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Agreed! I wonder if there is an amount of years after which you get worn down and are convinced to go? (Hasn’t happened yet :) )

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    June 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This is a fantastic recipe – thank you so much for the post! I have an entire side of my house covered in spearmint, which worked beautifully with this recipe! Perfect for a steamy Indiana afternoon – these have definitely become my summer drink of choice!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Great – so glad you enjoyed it! It’s our new drink of choice too :) Can’t complain about out of control mint in my book!

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    February 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I actually found this recipe in the 2016 tear away pad calender and absolutely loved it! Simple and quick to make! I’ve saved all the recipes from that calender and pick one out at random! Yall are fantastic!

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