Summertime Cocktail

Have you ever had a drink so yummy, the only way you could describe it was to say it tasted like summertime?? That is THIS drink! Our Summertime Cocktail is refreshing, thirst-quenching, and just perfect for a warm summer day! Cranberry juice, vodka, and sprite combine for a great summer sipper and is topped off perfectly with fresh squeezed lemon juice for the ultimate cocktail.

Our Summertime Cocktail being held up in front of a person.

My father-in-law lives in South Florida, where it feels like summer year ’round. He is always coming up with great drinks to incorporate into their weekly line-up. One of the times we were together, we concocted this wonderful drink! It was an accident because we honestly were just using what we had so we didn’t have to run to the store. The cranberry juice is a little tart, the sprite gives that delicious fizz and the fresh lemon juice top its off and enhances the sprite flavors. It goes down way easy so be sure to pace yourself! Ha!

Is Vodka good for summer?

We find that when it comes to summer and go-to drinks, no liquor is more versatile that vodka! It is fairly strong, so it can give you that nice feeling while still cooling you down in a refreshing beverage. It is fairly neutral in flavor, so it tends to mix well with just about anything! You can pair it with sodas, lemonade and most juices.

Can I substitute something else for the vodka?

Yes! A great substitution in this specific cocktail would be gin. It has a subtle taste and mixes great with the other ingredients. You could also use a white rum to have a delicious outcome too.

The ingredients for our Summertime Cocktail.

Ingredients for our Summertime Cocktail:

How to make our Summertime Cocktail:

Fill a glass with a lot of ice. This beverage is best when nice and cold.

Two glasses filled with ice being surrounded by the ingredients for our Summertime Cocktail

Add 1/2 cup of sprite, 1/4th cup of cranberry juice, and 1.5 ounces of vodka. Give a slight stir. Top with about 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice being poured over a cup full of sprite and cranberry juice.


There really is nothing quite like an ice cold beverage on a hot summer day that tastes good AND makes you feel good. Want less sugar? Make it a Sprite Zero and get diet cranberry juice. Want more citrus in there? Substitute the Sprite for Fresca and you are there! You can’t go wrong with any of these combinations! Delicious, easy, and a perfect way to beat the heat! Pair is with our Enchilada Bowl and your day will be made!

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Our Summertime Cocktail
Yield: 1 Serving

Summertime Cocktail

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Sprite
  • 1.5 ounces Vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup Cranberry Juice


  1. Fill cup with ice.
  2. Measure and add all ingredients to the cup and give a slight stir.
  3. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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