Creamy Lemonade ~ better than TikTok’s!

pouring creamy lemonade over ice

Creamy lemonade is an epic refresher made with zingy lemons and a touch of sweet cream whipped up right in your blender (no sweetened condensed milk in my uber fresh recipe) It’s thick and creamy over crushed ice…like a lemon shake!

pouring creamy lemonade over crushed ice

creamy lemonade ~ the ultimate recipe

This drink has to be on your to do list this month people, it’s unbelievably good. You can count on me to test out the latest crazes and give you the straight scoop. The original TikTok creamy lemonade is made with sweetened condensed milk, which gave it a super sweet, cloying taste. I’ve upgraded the recipe and made it so much better, without the need for sweetened condensed milk. If you’ve had my amazing fresh lemon ice cream, you’ll know how dreamy this is going to be.

pouring creamy lemonade over a glass of crushed ice

here’s what you’ll need

My creamy lemonade recipe takes its cue from different types of creamy lemonades out there, from Brazilian lemonade (actually made with limes) and blender lemonade, to current social media crazes made with sweetened condensed milk, or even (gasp) RediWhip! My version is simple, sophisticated, and a taste sensation. I could sip on it all day long.

  • whole lemons ~ you’re going to blitz the whole lemon in a blender so I like to use organic lemons.
  • sugar ~ just a bit of sugar is all it needs to make the perfect tart lemon flavor. You can use the alternative sweetener of your choice as well.
  • water
  • cream ~ it gives this drink body and richness, you’re going to love it!
fresh lemons for creamy lemonade

how to make better than TikTok style creamy lemonade

  1. Wash your lemons well and cut them in quarters.
  2. Add the lemons, sugar, and water to a blender and blend until as smooth as possible. It about took 15 seconds on high in my Vitamix.
  3. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer, pushing as much as possible through, and discard the solids. You should have about 3 cups of liquid.
  4. Put back in your washed out blender and blend the lemon mixture with cream, whipping just until thick and frothy, about 10 seconds.
  5. Pour over ice and prepare to swoon.
making creamy lemonade in a blender with whole lemons

creamy lemonade faqs

Do the whole lemons make the lemonade bitter?

Maybe ever so slightly, depending on your lemons, but they do impart a vivid lemon flavor, and more than you would get from just the juice. In fact most of the flavor we associate with lemons comes from the peel itself. The juice is merely sour. And remember, you are straining the solids away, and you can remove the seeds, prior to blending if you like.

Can I make creamy lemonade ahead of time?

Yes, it works perfectly that way, you can stash the finished lemonade in the fridge for up to a day before. Give it a good whisking before using if it has separated. You can also make just the lemon part ahead, and blend with the cream when ready to serve. Either way will work.

Can I make this with lemon juice instead of whole lemons?

Yes, but you’ll want to play with the proportions to get the result you’re looking for. If you use a cup of lemon juice and 2 cups water, you can sweeten it to taste before blending with the cream.

Can I make a vegan creamy lemonade?

Yes, use coconut milk (the kind from the can.)

creamy lemonade in Vitamix blender

how to make a creamy lemonade cocktail

Add a shot of vodka for the best vodka lemonade of your life, or add some triple sec for a major Lemon Drop! You could make a creamy Tom Collins, or a Bee’s Knees with gin. I’m sure there are lots of other possibilities, what am I missing??

pouring creamy lemonade over ice

lemon is so refreshing!

pouring creamy lemonade over ice
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4.86 from 21 votes

Creamy Lemonade

Creamy lemonade whipped up in your blender without sweetened condensed milk. It's like a delicious lemon shake!
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 111kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 2 medium to large lemons, washed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar Note: I recommend you taste your lelmon sugar mixture to adjust it to your liking.
  • 1/2 cup cream

Instructions

  • Slice the lemons into quarters
    lemons cut in quarters
  • Place the lemons in your blender. Add the sugar and water and blend until smooth. This took about 15 seconds. Note: a food processor will also work for this. I recommend tasting the mixture to see if you want to add more sugar.
  • Strain the mixture through a mesh seive, pushing all the liquid through. Discard the solids.
    straining lemonade
  • You'll be left without about 3 cups of a thick lemonade.
    strained whole lemonade
  • Pour this back into your rinsed out blender, and add the cream. Blend briefly, about 5-10 seconds, to combine. This will whip the cream slightly and you'll have a thick creamy lemonade.
  • Pour over crushed ice and serve.
    pouring creamy lemonade over ice

Cook’s notes

Want to try the original TikTok creamy lemonade? See the video below!

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Susan
    July 11, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Cream? Is that heavy whipping cream or whipping cream? I don’t believe I’ve ever seen just “cream” at the grocery store.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      You can use heavy whipping cream or just heavy cream, they’re both almost identical and both will work.

  • Reply
    Clear
    July 1, 2022 at 11:22 am

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday…. Oh my gosh, where was THIS my whole life!!! You are 100 percent correct… leaving the peels in makes all the flavor difference in the world (& not the least bit bitter). So good, words fail.

  • Reply
    Patti Pitts
    June 30, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    2 stars
    This is so so so sour…maybe it was my lemons (grown on a friends tree and very ripe) but I don’t think so. Is there an error in the print recipe?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 30, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Lemons really do vary Patti, so maybe that was it. I made a note in the recipe to taste the mixture to adjust the sweetness if necessary.

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