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Azalea Cocktail Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

Last Updated on November 20, 2023

If you are looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail for your next get-together, then look no further than the Azalea Cocktail. This refreshing drink is made with just five ingredients: fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, gin or vodka, grenadine, and a lemon slice to garnish.

The Azalea Cocktail has all the flavor and sophistication of a classic cocktail without all the fuss. Read on to learn more about this delicious drink and find out how you can make it at home.

Azalea Cocktail

What is Azalea Cocktail?

The Azalea Cockail is an easy-to-make, refreshing drink that makes for a perfect summertime beverage or party starter. It is made with fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, vodka, and a splash of grenadine. 

The bright colors of the yellow lemon and red grenadine come together to make a visually stunning drink. The Azalea Cocktail is perfect for a summer party, barbeque, or just as an after-dinner treat.

What does it taste like?

The Azalea Cocktail has a light, refreshing flavor that is perfect for hot summer days. The tartness of the lemon juice balances out the sweetness of the pineapple and grenadine while the gin or vodka adds an extra layer of complexity to the drink.

How did I first get introduced to the Azalea Cocktail?

I first tried an Azalea Cocktail at a summer barbeque and I was immediately hooked. The bright colors of the drink caught my eye and the taste was even more refreshing than I had expected.

I searched online for the recipe and was surprised to find out how easy it was to make. I now make this cocktail all the time when hosting parties or just on a hot summer day when I need something cool and refreshing.

How do make Azalea Cocktail?

Making an Azalea Cocktail is simple and straightforward. Just follow the ingredient list and the below instruction.

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Ingredients

  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • A lemon slice to garnish
  • 2 oz. gin or vodka
  • 1 splash grenadine

Directions

Step 1

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the lemon juice, pineapple juice, and gin or vodka.

Step 2

Shake well to combine ingredients.

Step 3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes.

Step 4

Add a splash of grenadine for color and flavor as desired.

Step 5

Garnish with a lemon slice and serve immediately.

Tips

  • If you don’t have any grenadine, add a splash of strawberry syrup for added sweetness.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • To make it extra special, rim your glass with sugar or an orange wedge.
Azalea Cocktail recipes
Azalea Cocktail

Azalea Cocktail Recipe

If you are looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail for your next get-together, then look no further than the Azalea Cocktail. This refreshing drink is made with just five ingredients: fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, gin or vodka, grenadine, and a lemon slice to garnish.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 85kcal

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • high ball glass

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. of pineapple juice extracted from ripe and juicy pineapples, contributes a tropical and sweet flavor to the cocktail, enhancing its overall fruitiness and bringing a delightful hint of tropical paradise to the mix.
  • Lemon slices to garnish thin slices of lemon that not only add a visually appealing touch to the cocktail but also release a subtle citrus aroma, elevating the sensory experience and enhancing the overall presentation.
  • 4 oz. of gin or vodka depending on personal preference, provides a clear and neutral base for the cocktail, allowing the vibrant flavors of the lemon and pineapple to shine through while adding a subtle botanical complexity (in the case of gin) or a smooth and crisp character (in the case of vodka).
  • 2 splashes of grenadine a sweet and vibrant red syrup made from pomegranate juice, adds a touch of sweetness and a beautiful red hue to the cocktail, creating a visually appealing gradient effect and imparting a subtle fruity undertone that complements the citrus flavors.
  • 2 oz. of fresh lemon juice squeezed from ripe lemons, provides a tangy and citrusy punch to the cocktail, infusing it with a bright and refreshing acidity that adds a zesty and invigorating note to each sip.

Instructions

  • In a shaker filled with ice, combine the lemon juice, pineapple juice, and gin or vodka.
  • Shake well to combine ingredients.
  • Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes.
  • Add a splash of grenadine for color and flavor as desired.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you don’t have any grenadine, add a splash of strawberry syrup for added sweetness.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • To make it extra special, rim your glass with sugar or an orange wedg
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 85

Fat: 0 g

Carbohydrates: 2 g

Protein: 0 g

Sugar: 1.5g

What to serve with Azalea Cocktail?

Azalea Cocktails can be served as an aperitif or alongside light appetizers such as hummus and veggies. It’s also great to serve at brunch with scrambled eggs, bacon, and other breakfast favorites. You can also serve it as a dessert cocktail with fresh fruit or light desserts such as macarons.

How to store leftover Azalea Cocktails?

Azalea Cocktails are best served immediately, however, if you do have any leftovers they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. When reheating to serve, make sure to stir in a few extra ice cubes and then strain before serving.

Can pregnant women eat this?

As with any alcoholic drink, it is not recommended for pregnant women to consume Azalea Cocktails. Non-alcoholic versions of the cocktail can be made by omitting the liquor from the recipe.

FAQs

What is the origin of the Azalea Cocktail?

The Azalea Cocktail is a refreshing and visually stunning drink, inspired by the famed 13th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The bright yellow lemon and red grenadine come together to make it perfect for sipping on while watching the golf tournament or any upcoming spring/summer party.

How strong is the Azalea Cocktail?

The strength of the Azalea Cocktails depends on which type of liquor you use. Gin or vodka will make it a stronger drink, while other liquors such as amaretto or cognac can make it more mellow.

Are there any variations to the recipe?

Yes! You can change up the type of liquor used, or you can add a few extra ingredients such as orange juice or simple syrup. You can also use different garnishes such as mint leaves or cherries.

Wrapping Up

The Azalea Cocktail is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer days. Made with fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, and either gin or vodka, it’s light and easy to make in just minutes. Enjoy this classic cocktail as an aperitif before dinner or as a dessert cocktail after your meal.

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My name is Lori Walker. I’m a registered dietitian, food blogger and food enthusiast. I share easy healthy, delicious recipes on my blog and review necessary kitchen items. The recipes I share take less… Read more

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