Frosted Lemonade is a deliciously sweet and tangy summer treat! The combination of creamy vanilla ice cream and tart lemonade is a match made in heaven, and this frosty lemonade is the perfect beverage to cool off on a hot day. It's just like Chick-fil-A frozen lemonade, but you won't even have to leave your house for this delicious drink!
👩🏻🍳 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Picture it: it's a beautiful summer day, a perfect blue sky, warm but not too hot. You get a craving for a frosted lemonade from Chick-fil-A, that delicious beverage (or is it a dessert?) that combines all the best parts of ice cream and lemonade. You drive all the way there, only to realize: IT'S SUNDAY.
With this frozen lemonade recipe, you'll never have that problem again! Less than 5 ingredients and so simple to make, the next time you're craving a Chick-fil-A frozen lemonade, why not try making it for yourself instead?
If you've never had this drink before, you're missing out big time! The sweet and creamy ice cream pairs perfectly with the tangy citrus flavors from the lemonade. If you like creamsicles, this is the treat for you! This frosted lemonade is basically like a drink version of this Lemonade Pie!
DISCLAIMER: I am not sponsored or endorsed by Chick-fil-A, I am not making any claims about how they actually make their frosted lemonade, and this post does not reflect any kind of relationship with the company. This recipe is simply inspired by one of the items they have on their menu.
🥘 Ingredients Needed
For a complete list of ingredients, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- lemonade - gives your frosty lemonade a zingy, summery punch that makes it so refreshing!
- vanilla ice cream - provides the perfect base for this rich and creamy drink.
- vanilla and lemon extract - help emphasize the flavors of vanilla and lemon with adding too much extra sweetness (this drink already has plenty of that).
Please note: This is an overview of the instructions. You'll find the complete instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Add lemonade, vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, and lemon extract to a blender. Secure the lid and blend until everything is well combined.
- If you want your frosted lemonade thicker, add some ice and blend until no chunks remain. Then pour into a glass and enjoy!
The two basic ingredients are lemonade, of course, and vanilla ice cream. So simple!
If you've ever had a creamsicle, it's a little bit like that, except it tastes like lemon instead of orange! It's sweet and reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake in texture, and the lemonade makes it tangy and refreshing.
Because ice cream and lemonade are both fairly high in sugar, this treat does have a high sugar content with 46g per serving. You can cut down on this by buying ingredients with reduced sugar. Either way, this is meant to be a sweet treat and not an everyday drink!
Because the main ingredients are lemonade and vanilla ice cream, frosty lemonade is gluten free! Just be aware that some ice creams may have additional ingredients that contain gluten, but for the most part vanilla ice creams are gluten free.
Yes, one of the main ingredients is classic vanilla ice cream. To make a dairy free version, just use a dairy free ice cream!
This can come down to personal preference, but fresh lemonade is typically better because it doesn't have any of the added ingredients or preservatives that are present in bottled lemonades.
This frosty lemonade is best enjoyed just after it's made. If you try to keep it in the fridge, the ice cream will melt too much and the consistency will lose all of the thickness.
In the freezer, the frosted lemonade will freeze over, making it a hard block of lemonade ice. Be sure to enjoy immediately after blending it up for best results!
If you do have to make it ahead of time, it may work out to keep it stored in the freezer and then allow it to thaw out before serving. You may also have to do some additional blending to bring it back to the right consistency.
💭 Helpful Tips
- If you can't find lemon extract, a good substitution is to use about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice for every ½ teaspoon of lemon extract.
- Even if you don't have a fancy blender (or even just an immersion blender), you'll be able to make this simple recipe. You can even mix it by hand if you don't mind a little bit of extra work!
This homemade take on the Chick-fil-A frozen lemonade will become a go-to recipe for when you're craving a simple, sweet, and refreshing summer treat!
📖 Frosted Lemonade Variations
- Any kind of lemonade can be used for this recipe, but if you're using a lemonade that isn't very sweet, you may even want to throw in some sugar to ensure that your drink is nice and sweet!
- To go super authentic, you can make your own lemonade to use for this recipe. It's super simple, just fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar!
- For a more tart version, up the amount of lemon extract.
- Using strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla will make this a delicious strawberry frosted lemonade!
- This recipe also works with orange juice or lime juice to make frozen orangeade or frozen limeade.
- Add in frozen berries or peach slices for even more fruity flavors!
- Top with a slice of lemon, whipped cream, or lemon zest to make this drink extra festive!
🍋 More Lemony Dishes
Summer is a perfect time for refreshing lemon dishes, and this recipes will help you get your fill of citrusy goodness!
🍹 More Refreshing Beverages
With summer right on the horizon, this frosty lemonade may have you craving even more sweet and refreshing drinks for warm weather. Check these out!
If you love lemon drinks, you need to try this lemon cordial recipe! With only three ingredients you can easily enjoy a healthy and refreshing drink to quench your thirst and boost your spirits!
Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade
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📋 Recipe Card
- 1 ¼ cup lemonade
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 cup ice (optional)
- Add the lemonade, vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, and lemon extract to the blender.1 ¼ cup lemonade, 2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- Place the lid securely on the blender and mix on high until everything is well blended.
- If you would like it to be thicker, add ice and blend again until no chunks of ice are left.1 cup ice (optional)
- Pour in a glass and garnish with a lemon slice, wheel, or wedge. Optional: Add a dollop of whip cream or a little lemon zest!
- You can use any lemonade, the more authentic the better! If you’re using a lemonade that’s not very sweet, you may even want to consider adding a teaspoon or so of sugar or sweetener to the blender as well.
- If you like it a little more tart you can add a little extra lemon extract.
- Lemon extract is available at most grocery stores and chain drugstores (Walmart etc.), if you really can’t find it you can use fresh lemon juice in its place. Substitute about 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice for the ½ teaspoon of lemon extract.
- Variation: Try using strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla for a frosted strawberry lemonade!
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.