Big Yellow House Cocktail

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Big Yellow House Cocktail

We began serving this fresh lemonade when we first moved into our Martha’s Vineyard home eight years ago. We add touches such as a fresh raspberry on a swizzle stick. The alcohol can be omitted.

Yield: about 8 cups


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 cups lemon vodka
  • Garnish: fresh berries and lemon rind


Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

In a pitcher, combine syrup with lemon juice and 4 cups cold water. Refrigerateuntil chilled. Add vodka, then stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with berries and lemon rind.

  • Michelle

    I make this all the time! Our favorite is Grey Goose citron or Belvedere citron for the vodka, but beware that you won’t taste it if made correctly! Enjoy on a warm summer day or evening. Recipe can be multiplied to make a larger batch with the same taste! (I make a gallon for the 4th of July!)

  • Love this on a warm afternoon, beware you don’t taste the alcohol! I find Skyy Vodka citrus has the best lemon taste. I use 1-1/4 cups sugar with the water, it was too sweet in my first attempt. Great for small gathering of company.


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