State Fair Shake Up (Des Moines, Iowa)

Renée G.


If you’ve ever been to the Iowa State Fair, you’re familiar with its staple beverage – sweet, tart, hand squeezed lemonade. The only possible improvement to this annual treat? Booze, of course. To create that electric elixir with an adult edge, The Lime Lounge serves up these slushy lemony cocktails.

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12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
12 oz. vodka
24 oz. cold water
zest from 1 lemon
lemon-lime soda (sprite or 7-up)
lemon slices to garnish

How to Make State Fair Shake Up (Des Moines, Iowa)


  • 1In a large pitcher, combine lemonade concentrate, vodka, water and lemon zest. Stir together until well combined.
  • 2Pour lemonade mixture into a shallow freezer-safe pan. Freeze mixture for at least 8 hours or overnight, stirring once halfway through freezing.
  • 3To serve, fluff ice crystals with a fork and spoon into glasses for serving. Garnish with lemon slices, and top off with just a splash of lemon-lime soda.

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About State Fair Shake Up (Des Moines, Iowa)

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American