Photo by Tayrex Creative, courtesy BLDG 5 Lemonade.

When life gives you lemons, make summertime cocktails using BLDG 5 Lemonade

It’s safe to say that lemonade is the drink of summer. And not just for the kids selling it from their stands on the side of the road, but for adults too. There’s so much you can do with lemonade–just ask Arnold Palmer. And after 5:00 p.m., it might be time to spice up the basic drink with other ingredients.

Local restaurant BLDG 5 recently began bottling and selling one of its crowd-favorite drinks, fresh BLDG 5 Lemonade. These beverages come in pre-packaged bottles in four different flavors. Luckily, BLDG 5 went one step further by creating multiple easy-to-make cocktail (or mocktail) recipes using the refreshing drink.

Read on for these summer cocktail recipes to make for an event, dinner party, or even just a Friday afternoon.

Pear Basil Jalapeno Margarita

2 oz. BLDG 5 Pear Basil Jalapeno Lemonade
2 oz. Reposado (Or Blanco) tequila
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
.75 oz. agave
Jalapeno, fresh basil, and /or dried pear as garnish
Stir (or shake) all ingredients Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
Use creativity to garnish… dried pear, sliced jalapeño, fresh sprig of basil.

Mango Strawberry Basil Martini

2 oz. BLDG 5 Mango Strawberry Basil Lemonade
2 oz. gin
.75oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz agave
2 to 3 fresh strawberries
Tajin seasoning
Dried mango and/or fresh basil as garnish
Rim 1/4 of coupe or martini glass with tajin seasoning.
Muddle 2-3 strawberries in mixing glass.
Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker and shake well. Strain into glass
Garnish with mango and/or fresh sprig of basil

Ginger Blueberry Rosemary Smash

2 oz. BLDG 5 Ginger Blueberry Rosemary Lemonade
2 oz. Bourbon
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.75 oz. agave
8 to 10 fresh blueberries
Fresh rosemary and/or candied ginger as garnish
Muddle 8 to 10 blueberries in mixing glass.
Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker and shake well. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
Garnish with fresh rosemary and/or candied ginger.

Peach Pineapple Mint Spritz

1.5 oz BLDG 5 Peach Pineapple Mint Lemonade
Champagne or any kind of bubbles (cava, prosecco, etc)
Fresh mint sprig and/or dried pineapple as garnish
Fill a Champagne flute with your favorite bubbles. Top with BLDG 5 Peach Pineapple Mint Lemonade.
Garnish with dried pineapple and/or fresh sprig of mint.

For more about BLDG 5 Lemonade, including where to purchase it in stores, check out the brand’s website here.