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Big Yellow House Cocktail

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


by in Jul 2006
Big Yellow House Cocktail
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We began serving this fresh lemonade when we first moved into our Martha’s Vineyard home eight years ago. We add touches such as a fresh raspberry on a swizzle stick. The alcohol can be omitted.

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  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 cups lemon vodka
  • Garnish: fresh berries and lemon rind


Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

In a pitcher, combine syrup with lemon juice and 4 cups cold water. Refrigerateuntil chilled. Add vodka, then stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with berries and lemon rind.

Updated Monday, August 28th, 2006

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2 Responses to Big Yellow House Cocktail

  1. Mary O'Rourke July 1, 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Love this on a warm afternoon, beware you don’t taste the alcohol! I find Skyy Vodka citrus has the best lemon taste. I use 1-1/4 cups sugar with the water, it was too sweet in my first attempt. Great for small gathering of company.

  2. Michelle Chetwynd March 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I make this all the time! Our favorite is Grey Goose citron or Belvedere citron for the vodka, but beware that you won’t taste it if made correctly! Enjoy on a warm summer day or evening. Recipe can be multiplied to make a larger batch with the same taste! (I make a gallon for the 4th of July!)

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