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Summertime Drinks

April 25, 2010

The weather is warm and beautiful here at UVA, and because everyone is in the summertime spirit, I thought I’d share a favorite warm-weather drink recipe I learned from one of my housemates.  I personally am not a fan of gin…however, a gin bucket is a WHOLE other story…if you have the right recipe. 😉  It’s quick and easy to make, and when it’s done right, it’ll taste like nice, cool, refreshing lemonade…only better.  Perfect for a hot summer day!


  1. 1 bottle of gin (I tend to go cheap…nothing wrong with Aristocrat!)
  2. 2 liter bottles of Sprite
  3. 2 cans of frozen lemonade (I personally only use 1 1/2 cans because 2 can get a bit tangy)
  4. 1 can of frozen limeade

And that’s it!  Another variation is to substitute 2 liter bottles of Fresca for the Sprite, but I personally think the Sprite version tastes much better.  Store it in a cooler (like this 5-gal Igloo one), and you can take it to an outdoors party or your next tailgate.

If you want to make it extra yummy and fun for guests, add some slices of fresh fruit.  They’ll soak up flavor and are a refreshing treat.  My favorites are lemons, limes, oranges, and pineapple, but I’ve also done pears, strawberries, and mangoes before.

Tips on making it THE best gin bucket your guests have ever had?  Ice ice ice ice ice!!  Keep your gin bucket chilled to the max.  The frozen cans of lemonade and limeade will help keep it cold without watering it down, and if you stick your liters of Sprite in the fridge that will help as well.

But the best trick?  Stick the gin in the freezer!  Unlike cans of soda, alcohol won’t freeze and explode, so you can store it in the freezer, and once you add it to the mix, it’ll immediately chill everything else.

Stay tuned for more summertime party ideas and drink recipes as summer approaches!  And of course, pass along your own favorites!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 10:26 AM

    Now that sounds divine – I’m going to try that out the next chance I get!

    • April 26, 2010 4:14 PM

      It’s very yummy–I definitely recommend you trying it! And it’s super easy, so there really are no excuses to not give it a try 😉 Thanks for reading!

  2. Laura permalink
    June 6, 2015 2:10 PM

    So do you make the cans of lemonade into lemonade first and then put it in or just put the cans contents in? Also what size bottle of Gin are you using?

  3. Mancy permalink
    September 1, 2015 2:41 PM

    Where can I purchase the gin butcket with shot glasses


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