9 Ways to Have Your Lemonade and Eat It Too

Cool off with these lemonade-inspired treats.

June 17, 2021

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With warm weather finally here, there’s no better way to cool off than with a tall glass of lemonade. Sweet, tangy and tart, this summery drink is the ultimate refresher. However, sipping on lemonade isn’t the only or even the best way to enjoy it. Turns out, you can indulge in lemonade in a number of ways, from frozen pie to fried chicken. Here are nine lemonade-inspired foods we’ll be whipping up all summer long.

This dreamy frozen pie is almost too pretty to eat — that’s probably why Food Network Magazine put it on their cover! Combining the tartness of freshly squeezed lemon juice with the natural sweetness of strawberries, each slice is packed with refreshing flavors perfect for the sweltering days of summer. Though the recipe calls for you to make a homemade graham cracker crust, you could also use a premade one to save some extra time. For a more individualized dessert, pour the filling mixture into mini pie shells.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Lemonade Chicken.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

If you’re looking for an unexpected way to dress up grilled chicken during your next cookout, this recipe is sure to please. You’ll combine store-bought lemonade with garlic, mustard, oregano, dried onion, cumin, salt and pepper to make a zesty marinade unlike any you (or your guests) have ever had before. When grilling your chicken legs, be sure to keep moving them around your grill every few minutes to avoid having them char too quickly.

Take it from us — these whimsical cookies will make your day so much brighter! To make them, you’ll place layers of plain cookie dough and lemon cookie dough on top of the other, rolling them up until they form a long log. A few hours of refrigerating later, all you need to do is slice them and bake! Don’t forget to roll your dough log in yellow and white sanding sugar before placing them in the oven for even more sparkle.

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Make this summer the summer of sherbet with this easy-peasy strawberry-lemonade version. Two ingredients — frozen strawberries and frozen lemonade concentrate — is all you need to make it, plus it's made in a food processor, so you can make it even if you don’t own an ice cream maker. For an adult-friendly after-dinner treat, add a scoop into glasses of your favorite rosé or champagne.

Food Network Kitchen’s Pink Lemonade Cake.

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Matt Armendariz

Add some extra shine to your next summer barbecue with this pretty-in-pink lemonade cake. Not only is the ombré pink exterior breathtakingly beautiful, the lemony batter and fluffy, meringue-style frosting also makes the tender cake super moist!



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Lemonade and fried chicken are the unexpected mashup you never knew you needed until now. Soak skin-on drumsticks in a lemon-packed marinade for at least four hours (or overnight) before coating them with panko. Pro tip: Dip the drumsticks in mayo before rolling them in the panko to evenly distribute the breadcrumbs.

Food Network Kitchen’s Spring Strawberry Lemonade Lemon Bars , as seen on Food Network.

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Kate Mathis, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Lemon doesn’t always have to taste mouth-puckeringly sour. These strawberry lemonade bars mask the tartness of lemon by adding freeze-dried strawberries to the filling. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving for a fruity treat.

FN Flat Recipe: Strawberry-Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake

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Armando Rafael

This elegant icebox cake requires no oven at all. Simply stack round lemon-flavored cookies in between layers of homemade whipped cream. For an added touch, grind up freeze-dried strawberries to give your whipped cream a gorgeous ruby hue.

Bring on the sweet, sugary vibes of strawberry-lemonade with these eyecatching whoopie pies from Jeff Mauro. His fuss-free recipe calls for boxed strawberry cake mix and an easy filling made from unsalted butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice.

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