Whipped lemonade is the cool, creamy, indulgent treat you need this summer! This incredibly easy recipe calls for just two simple ingredients and takes less than a minute to prepare.
Last year was all about whipped coffee and the whipped beverage trend is back again in 2021 with sweet, frosty, fluffy lemonade. The combination of the classic citrusy summer drink and a creamy element is the perfect meeting of contrasting flavors and textures.
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Want a boozy whipped lemonade? Try my Whipped Pink Lemonade Cocktail with Raspberry and Ginger!
No fuss preparation
Whipped lemonade can be made a couple of different ways, but we’re going to walk through an easy, two ingredient recipe that uses a blender to make a smooth, frozen drink.
Some popular recipes on TikTok use a handheld milk frother to create a dense foamy cream that’s layered on top of store-bought lemonade, but after testing various recipes, I found that the frozen, blended versions were the clear winner in taste, texture, and ice-cold temperature.
In addition to tasting better and making a more appealing drink, using a blender means that this recipe is ready to go in one easy step. No separate layers to make individually and then stir together.
If after blending, you still want to add an additional creamy layer on top, just garnish with a dollop of stabilized whipped cream like Reddi-Whip or a non-dairy canned whipped topping. A touch of sweet cream on top adds a wonderful contrast to the icy sweet-tart lemonade and is quick and easy.
Fresh lemon juice is key
Like Dalgona coffee (aka whipped coffee) that is made with instant coffee granules, some whipped lemonade recipes call for a powdered lemonade mix to make a sweet and sour foam. While this will indeed create a lemony foam, it tastes nothing like the bright flavor of fresh lemon juice or real, fresh lemonade.
I highly recommend always squeezing your own lemon juice. It takes just a few seconds and the flavor and aroma is well worth it!
This recipe calls for ¼ cup (4 tablespoons or 2 ounces) of fresh lemon juice per serving, which is the equivalent of about 2 medium-sized lemons. If batching this lemonade for a group, plan to pick up 2 lemons per person.
Creamy vegan and non-vegan options
The simplest way to make a classic dairy version of this creamy lemonade is to add heavy cream or half and half. This gives the drink a smooth, rich flavor. Fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and a splash of half and half is blended with ice for a sweet, cooling treat.
However, after a lot of testing with alternate ingredients, I found that I liked a coconut-based version the best. And bonus – it’s even easier to make, requires only two ingredients, and it’s vegan!
My two-ingredient whipped lemonade is made with a mix of fresh lemon juice and cream of coconut. For those who’ve never made a Pina Colada before, cream of coconut is a canned, sweetened coconut milk.
It has a silky texture, a fresh, tropical flavor, and it’s super sweet. It’s very easy to find at grocery stores, either in the cocktail mixers section or wherever you can find canned coconut milk for cooking.
How to make it all natural
To make your own cream of coconut, you’ll simply mix canned coconut milk with sugar. Here’s a great recipe from Steve the Bartender.
If you don’t need a big batch of cream of coconut, you can simply measure out equal parts of regular canned coconut milk and simple syrup for each drink.
You can also use coconut milk that comes in cartons, but just be aware that it will be less creamy, as those products have more water added to them than canned coconut milk.
For this coconut milk and simple syrup method, you’ll use the same proportions as the classic dairy version: 2 parts creamy element (half and half or coconut milk), 3 parts lemon juice, 3 parts simple syrup.
Easy to batch for a group
This two ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier to whip up for a group. We’re using equal parts (¼ cup) fresh lemon juice and cream of coconut, and ¾ – 1 cup of ice per serving.
If your blender needs a bit more liquid to get going, you can add a splash of water, coconut water, or coconut milk, or subtract a little ice.
To make four servings, combine 1 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of cream of coconut and roughly 4 cups of ice. Blend on high until smooth, then divide between four chilled glasses. Garnish with lemon wheels and mint, or add whipped cream to make it even more indulgent.
Add a pinch of salt
Make it even more decadent
Replace the simple syrup in the three ingredient version with delicious homemade vanilla bean simple syrup!
How to make the best frozen drinks at home
What I’ve found is that there are ways to make frozen drinks much smoother and less watery-tasting. Here are my top tips:
- Use a quality blender
- Use a tamper to push the ingredients down
- Use crushed ice instead of cubed
- Freeze or partially freeze ingredients in advance
A quality blender can make all the difference, but you don’t need a professional grade Vitamix to make a great whipped lemonade or frozen Margarita. I invested in a Ninja Foodi last year and I love it.
Use a tamper to push the ice and ingredients back down and into the blades while blending. This helps prevent any big chunks from ending up in your finished drink.
Using crushed ice instead of cubed will make a big difference in the smoothness of your drink, no matter how good your blender is.
If you can, place your ingredients in the fridge or freezer well in advance of preparing the drinks. The colder the ingredients, the less watered down your drink will be, and the less ice you’ll need when blending.
You might also enjoy these other drinks:
- Whipped Pink Lemonade Cocktail
- Peach Green Tea Lemonade
- Best Ever Classic Lemonade
- Pineapple Chamomile Lemonade
- Dragon Fruit Cucumber Limeade
Two Ingredient Whipped Lemonade
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez or Goya)
- Combine both ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of crushed ice. Add a pinch of salt, optional.
- Blend on high until smooth (about 10-15 seconds).
- Pour into a chilled highball glass and garnish with a lemon wheel and mint.
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup cream of coconut
- 3-4 cups of crushed ice