Balsamic Lemonade + Vodka Cocktail


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Maybe its because I live in Los Angeles where almost everything is acceptable… but recently, just this summer in fact, with the help of a few of my local friends (you know who you are) I have discovered how wonderful everything can be with a little cocktail every once in a while in the middle of the afternoon on a day off. I always thought it was weird that people who have wine with lunch, or mimosas with brunch… but now I realize just how wonderful a great little concoction can be when shared with a handful of good friends on a random afternoon.

Just this past weekend a friend of mine gave me about 10 pounds of lemons from their tree. I went right home and make Strawberry Basil Lemonade, because really, what else is better than that. But then I still had about 1/2 of the lemons left so I racked my brain and decided to make Balsamic Lemonade cocktails. They rival the strawberry basil lemonade too… they are just that good!

Recently we have had great weather down in sunny So Cal… its been warm and sunny and perfect beach weather. I don’t know about you… but a crisp cool and refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to cool down on a summer day. And this Balsamic Lemonade with a hit of Vodka did just the job! It’s for sure a new part of my weekend routine!

Balsamic Lemonade + Vodka Cocktail



  • 10 lemons juiced, approx 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 - 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar start with 1 tsp, test it, and add more if desired
  • 1 cup vodka optional


  • Combine the lemon juice, sugar and water in a large pitcher and mix to combine. Add the Balsamic Vinegar and taste. Adjust amount of balsamic if needed. Add the vodka and stir.

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  1. MichellePC

    I’m always looking for simple, delicious summer cocktails, and this one sounds right up my alley! I like how it doesn’t sound like it’s too sweet, either. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Gaby

      Its def not too sweet – but it is super refreshing!

  2. susan (the urban baker)

    yum, can you bring these to the farmers market this morning? love the photo!

  3. [email protected]

    Maybe it’s our age (or level of stress) but I think a cocktail (day or night) is a WONDERFUL thing. Beautiful photo! I hope you and T got to enjoy those gorgeous drinks soon after!

  4. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Even though I no longer drink, I can tell that this cocktail would be one I would LOVE!! Your combo of flavors sounds great. Even without cocktail in hand I get wonderfully giddy when I am around you guys.

  5. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This looks so cool and refreshing… Mixing up different ingredients for cocktails is so much fun to play around with, and I love your addition of balsamic vinegar – Definintely gonna have to give this a try before summer’s up!

  6. Eliana

    A little midday cocktail works wonders for my energy level. Will have to give this recipe a try.

  7. Elizabeth

    I’m so lucky we picked up a whole liter of Grey Goose Vodka last week…This just looks so refreshing. Perfect for a drink on the patio. Is it wrong that I want to drink one now, while my two kiddos are napping and hubby is at work? 🙂

  8. katie

    Lemonade and vodka! Can you really go wrong? I don’t think so. The balsamic looks like an interesting twist on a favorite.

  9. What’s Gaby Cooking – Gaby Dalkin via Facebook

    I was totally going to bring a big jar of this to class! But then it was canceled!! what?!? xoxo

  10. The Italian Dish

    Another great cocktail to put on my list. You Californians are so lucky to actually GROW lemons!

  11. Sonja {Active Foodie}

    Why do you keep tempting me with all these delicious drink recipes!! Keep them coming!

  12. Amy Lucille

    What a fabulous way to share a fresh bounty of lemons. Vodka! Yes please <3

  13. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Balsamic vinegar in a cocktail? That’s brilliant! I am going to have to try this out.

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  15. Ezra Temko

    Have you tried using your strawberry basil lemonade with the balsalmic vinegar instead?

    • Gaby

      oooo no I’ve never tried that! But I bet it would be delish!

    • ivan

      unbelievably incredibly awesome! ive dreamed of this for years, but for some reason didnt think vinegar in a drink would work (though i actually maybe kinda sorta have been known to drink vinegar….) my version: meyer lemon juice from my tree, hibiscus infused white balsamic vinegar, good vodka, a touch of raw/amber agave nectar, and whatever flavored fizzy water you like (i’ll go with lemon). please name it after me!

  16. Chelsey

    Sounds like a great recipe! I think I have all the ingredients to try this tonight when some friends come over. Thanks for sharing!