Bring some sparkle into your life with this delightful Sparkling Meyer Lemonade Cocktail recipe. It’s bursting with vibrant citrus flavors and a hint of sweetness with a mocktail version too!
If you’re looking for a refreshing and sophisticated cocktail to enjoy on a warm summer evening, look no further than my (Ashley) Sparkling Meyer Lemonade. This delicious drink combines the sweetness of Meyer lemons with gin and champagne.
We even created a mocktail Meyer Lemonade recipe too. So whether you’re hosting a pool party or simply lounging on your porch with friends, this drink is sure to impress with its bright flavors and elegant presentation.
So why not whip up a batch of Sparkling Meyer Lemonade today (it will take no time), and enjoy the taste of summer in every sip?
Ingredients Needed to Make a Sparkling Meyer Lemonade Cocktail
Fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
Champagne — Or sparkling wine
Soda water — Or club soda or tonic
Mint sprig — Optional for garnish, but we highly recommend not leaving it out since mint adds a nice fresh fragrant.
Meyer lemon slice — Optional for garnish
What’s the Difference Between a Regular Lemon and a Meyer Lemon? Can They Be Subsituted?
Regular lemons are much larger and brighter than Meyer lemons. Even the regular lemon tree is larger in size than the Meyer lemon tree.
Meyer lemons are like a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. It has a thinner deep yellow almost orange skin. Its pulp is dark yellow, and its shape is round like an orange.
As far as taste, the fresh Meyer lemon is less acidic and sweeter with a hint of floral. It’s not as tangy. So if you only have regular lemons, you may need simple syrup versus sugar to balance out the tanginess.
How to Make a Sparkling Meyer Lemonade Cocktail
1 — In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add in the gin, freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well until chillded.
2 — Strain mixture into a collins glass with ice.
3 — Top with champagne and soda water. Stir and garnish with mint sprig and Meyer lemon slice.
How to Turn this Lemonade Cocktail into a Mocktail
Some people who are taking it easy after the holidays or participating in Dry January can enjoy this fizzy, citrusy concoction too.
Swapping out champagne for sparkling apple cider, although not the same flavor profile, still gives the drink a lot of depth and helps carry you through the dry month without feeling like you are depriving yourself of tasty drinks.
We wouldn’t do that, now would we?! There is no mocking with this mocktail, it’s just plain delicious. Plus, it’s perfect for the kids.
One tip that we have? Serve your drinks out of pretty glasses. Drinking out of pretty glasses makes you feel fancy, whether cocktails, mocktails, or just water!
More Lemon Flavored Recipes
Looking for something to pair with this lemonade? Try our other easy recipes below —
- Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting
- Pink Lemonade Donuts
- Lemon Orange Olive Oil Cupcakes
- Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Sparkling Mint Meyer Lemonade Cocktail & Mocktail Recipe
For a cocktail:
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1 1/2 oz Meyer lemon juice
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 oz champagne
- 3 oz soda water
- 1 mint sprig optional for garnish
- 1 Meyer lemon slice optional for garnish
For a mocktail
- 3 oz sparkling apple cider
- 1 oz Meyer lemon juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 oz soda water
- 1 mint sprig optional for garnish
- 1 Meyer lemon juice optional for garnish
To make the cocktail:
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add in the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well until chillded.
- Strain mixture into a collins glass with ice.
- Top with champagne and soda water. Stir and garnish with mint sprig and Meyer lemon slice.
To make the mocktail:
- Add all liquid ingredients to a glass filled with ice and stir.
- Garnish with mint sprig and Meyer lemon slice.
Don’t forget to share your Sparkling Meyer Lemonade Cocktail or Mocktail with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? Find them all right here with a few desserts to go along with them!