Cajun Lemonade


It’s Cajun January over here at Silver Spork, and the best way to make someone feel bad about their New Year’s resolution (your Editor ‘n Chef, for example) is to do it better than them. So before our fearless leader has so much as touched his okra, I’m bringing you the classic New Orleans cocktail, Cajun Lemonade.

If you’re someone who’s found regular lemonade to be too tart and undynamic for your adventurous palate, this is the drink for you. It combines fizziness, sourness, bitterness, spiciness, and awesomeness all into one delicious drink you can add to an otherwise boring meal or gathering of people to spice things up. Or, if you’re just nuts, you can add it to an already exciting meal to push things over to insane territory. We recommend that too.

Cajun Lemonade

2 cups light rum
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
Crushed ice
sugarcane sticks  (optional garnish)
lemon slices (optional garnish)

This drink couldn’t be simpler. First, stir together the light rum, frozen lemonade concentrate, and hot sauce. Let it chill until you can’t wait to drink it anymore or other people you’re obligated to share with show up. Add club soda just before serving and pour over crushed ice. Garnish (we were kidding—a cool garnish ISN’T optional). Now take a drink. Taste that? It’s the sweet (or in this case, zesty) flavor of you learning about culture and getting drunk at the same time. You’re welcome.

Post by Bailey James. Recipe and Photo from