Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade


A tart and refreshing blackberry-vanilla lemonade spiked with vodka

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

Happy Friday!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am sure you are, but even if you are not, I have a fun drink for you!  After the long week I had, this spiked lemonade is the perfect way to end a Friday.  Plus it has vanilla beans in it!  I love just about anything with vanilla, so when I saw a drink that used actual vanilla beans, I couldn’t help myself.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

A couple months ago I made a Skinny Blackberry Margarita that you guys seemed to enjoy, just as much as I did.  The color is just so pretty, how can you go wrong?  This time blackberries are paired with lemon, for a sweet and tart combination.  The vanilla adds a subtle depth of flavor.  If you didn’t have vanilla beans, you could just leave them out.  But if you have them, it is worth breaking them out for.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

I had vanilla vodka on hand, so I used that to up the vanilla flavor.  Regular vodka would work equally well, so use what you have.  And if you want to skip the vodka all together, just add water.  You will still have a great tasting lemonade that the kids can enjoy too.  You can make a full pitcher to enjoy all weekend long.  My friend, Megan and I enjoyed this pitcher over a couple nights the other weekend.  They were perfect after a day out in the hot sun.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

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A tart and refreshing blackberry-vanilla lemonade spiked with vodka

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla vodka
  • water


  1. Put blackberries and sugar in a food processor. Process until well blended. Press the mixture through a sieve, into a pitcher. Pour in the fresh lemon juice. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean. Stir in the vodka. Add water to get to the 2 quart line on your pitcher. Stir well.
  2. Serve over ice.


Adapted from Cooking Light



  1. Love the sound of this!

  2. Wow, this is beautiful and sounds so refreshing! Love the photos!

  3. These look incredible, Erin – love the flavor pairing! Totally perfect for sweating out the Texas summer. Cheers!

  4. How pretty is this lemonade?! Love the flavors!

  5. What a delicious combination and so pretty! I could so go for a cool glass of this right now :)

  6. I would do everything for your gorgeous looking and sounding blackberry vanilla lemonade. The heat is burning!

  7. The drink looks gorgeous. I would to toast with a glass of this blackberry lemonade. :)

  8. Why on Earth would you leave out the vodka? Not sure I’ll be able to come up with the funds for vanilla beans, but I’m definitely not leaving out the vodka. :)

  9. I absolutely love that there are vanilla beans in this lemonade – what an awesome idea!

  10. Gorgeous drink, Erin! It sounds delicious :)

  11. The colors and flavors of this look terrific! I love vanilla bean immensely and never thought to use it in a beverage. :)

  12. What a STUNNING drink! Perfect for summer. Wish I was sipping on this right now as I browse through blogs. Smile!!

  13. Pretty drink! I don’t often make drinks just because I’d rather eat my calories but this would be awesome for a party. Such a striking color! :)


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