Big-Batch Cajun Lemonade

A good Southern hostess always has a few good cocktail recipes stashed in her recipe box. Whether it is something warm and comforting for a winter's afternoon or a refreshing summer cocktail to cool things down a bit, there is an appealing cocktail recipe to suit every need. This big-batch recipe is sure to become one of your favorites to serve at pool parties, mid-morning brunches, or weekends at the lake. Take a few minutes to mix a batch of this Cajun Lemonade and enjoy a few sips on the porch while your brunch casserole is baking, or serve it alongside a tray of light appetizers on a summer evening while you visit with neighbors on your porch. Citron, or lemon-flavored vodka, adds extra lemon tang to this summery cocktail. Stir together light rum, citron vodka, one can of lemonade concentrate, and a dash of hot sauce. Don't worry – this amount of hot sauce (we love Tabasco brand hot sauce) won't make the lemonade too hot to drink but give it just a little kick. Of course, if you like things hot, add one or two more dashes to suit your taste. Save the club soda until just before serving, then add it into the pitcher. Pour the lemonade into high ball glasses and garnish with lemon slices and fresh sugarcane sticks, if available.

Big-Batch Cajun Lemonade
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8 cups


  • 2 cups (16 oz.) light rum

  • 2 cups (16 oz.) citron vodka

  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1 liter club soda, chilled

  • Crushed ice

  • Lemon slices and sugarcane sticks, for garnish


  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a pitcher. Add club soda just before serving. Pour mixture into 8 highball glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slices and sugarcane.

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