Spiked Lemon Shake-Up Cocktail is your classic vodka lemonade drink brought to the next level. It’s still quick and easy to throw together, but has a fresher taste, just like those timeless lemon shake-ups enjoyed at fairs and festivals.
All kids experience grievances they vow to never put their own kids through. I swore I’d utilize my thermostat to actually make my children’s living environment comfortable. I would never force my kids to use prison grade toilet paper. (Which, Mom and Dad, I’m calling total B.S. on. You still have the septic system, yet now you luxuriously wipe with finely quilted 4-ply.) Furthermore, if clothes were unquestionably out-of-style, they would stop being passed on to unaware younger siblings. Even if kids are oblivious to their fashion faux pas, photographs can bear witness for decades to come.
Some habits are completely resistant to parental evolution, though. Here I am, decades later, wiping my kids’ faces with a spit-moisten finger and making them fear what really’s going to happen after I finish counting to three. These maternal predispositions are hard to resist, so I’m not going to lose sleep over it either.
I’m not so proud of some parental patterns, though. My kids suffer through the county fair the same way I did; all treats and rides are shot down with it’s a waste of money. I know exactly how it feels to forlornly watch other kids run from ride to ride with fistfuls of tickets. While other families eat away their mortgage payment on funnel cakes, turkey legs, and deep fried Oreos, ours crowds around a single elephant ear.
And, in no uncertain terms, would I ever spend one red cent on a lemon shake-up. Those things would be sucked down and discarded before I could get the money out to pay for them. Plus I’d like to maintain some slice of dignity, and not be reduced to, “Do you think money grows on trees?!”
We garner fair entertainment in a similar fashion as my youth: 4-H animal viewing and collecting free swag from commercial booths. It didn’t spoil my fair excitement as a kid, so I’m guessing these things still hold value for my own.
Plus, I’m going to need the extra folding money to buy vodka on the way home. Every parent, till the end of time, will need a drink after leaving the fair.
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How to Make a Spiked Lemon Shake-Up Cocktail:
This Spiked Lemon Shake-Up Cocktail is a big hit for grill outs and parties. I squeeze a bunch of lemon juice beforehand using my Breville citrus press. (Greatest present ever for a serious cocktail maker. Thanks, Sis.) Then it takes virtually no time to mix up each one. Alternatively, you can make a big batch of this Spike Lemon Shake-Up Cocktail beforehand, leaving out the soda water. When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and top with soda water.
Spiked Lemon Shake-Up Cocktail
- 2 ounces citrus vodka
- 1 ounce limoncello liquor
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1/2 lemon
- 4 ounces soda water
- In a cocktail shaker pour citrus vodka, limoncello, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents, with ice, into a large glass. Top with soda, give a brief stir, and enjoy!
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