Beyonce-Inspired Lemonade Cocktail

Beyoncé. I could literally start and end this post with nothing more than... Beyoncé. I've wanted to snorkel in natural springs of lemonade since she blessed the world with her HBO special followed by her sixth studio album, which in my opinion, is the best yet. No but really, I'm drinking the lemonade. By the gallon. 

My best friend and I had a pretty funny text exchange the Monday after she snatched the world by its edges:

Me: I feel like me, you and all of America have been reading all things Lemonade today. 
Amoya: I have tabs of articles up waiting to be read. I did maybe two important things today for work. It's Lemonade Day. 
Me: I went to Target at lunch. Bought an obligatory bottle of lemonade. And a lemon. Because I have sugar at home. 
Amoya: I got lemonade at Raising Cane's today. I did it for Bey. 

Needless to say, I'm blown away by the artistry (I'm going to her show in LA in TWO weeks. Eeek) and felt it only appropriate to share my own rendition of my favorite lemonade recipe. 

When life gives you lemons, make [bourbon] lemonade. 

Bourbon Lemonade Cocktail


  • 2 oz. Bourbon (I use Bullet)
  • 1.5 oz Simple Syrup 
  • Half large fresh squeezed lemon 
  • Splash of club soda or sparkling lemonade-flavored water (optional. I used the ICE brand


In a shaker filled with ice, mix bourbon, syrup and lemon juice and shake rigorously. Strain into martini glass. Top with splash of sparkling water. Garnish with lemon wheel. Go forth and slay.