Frosted Lemonade

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Summer is upon us, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing, ice-cold beverage like this delicious copycat Chick-fil-A frosted lemonade. You can recreate this in your kitchen, perfect for those sweltering, hot summer days.

Juice some fresh lemons and blend them with sugar and vanilla ice cream for a cool and creamy lemonade frosty. The taste is fantastic, with a tart and lemony flavor that can’t be beat.

Pour it into chilled glasses and garnish with a lemon slice for that extra touch of pizzazz. Add a straw or a colorful umbrella for a fun, summery vibe.

In this blog post, I’ll teach you how to make this frosty beverage, explain why it differs from a lemonade milkshake, and share all my tips and tricks on how to make it taste just like the real deal.

Looking for refreshing drinks? Try Chick fil a Lemonade, Blackberry Limeade, and Dirty Soda.

🍋Simple Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Lemons: You can use bottled lemon juice, but fresh lemons will give you unbelievable flavor.
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Ice cream: Vanilla bean ice cream is my top choice.
Labeled ingredient phot for frosted lemonade.

Can’t I Just Add Ice Cream to Lemonade?

You can blend ice cream and lemonade, which gives you a lemonade milkshake. That is delicious but different from a frosted lemonade.

Chick fil a frosted lemonade has a more intense lemon flavor because the lemon juice mixture is more concentrated, making it much more lemony than traditional lemonade. My recipe for homemade lemonade includes about 4 times as much water as this recipe.

So using store-bought lemonade will give you a delicious summer treat, but it will be less tart without the intense lemon flavor of frosted lemonade.

🥣How to Make Frosted Lemonade

  1. Juice the lemons: Use a electric or citrus juicer until you have about 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Mix the lemon juice with 3/4 cup very cold water.
  2. Sweeten to taste: One of the best parts about making this frosted lemonade at home is that you can control the sweetness level. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of sugar, but feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste buds. Keep in mind the ice cream will add extra sweetness.
  3. Blend: Add the vanilla ice cream and lemonade mixture to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. A high-speed blender works best for achieving that perfect consistency. If you don’t have one, you can always use a regular blender, but it might take a little longer to get the desired texture.
Juicing the lemons for lemonade.
Juice the lemons
Add ice cream to the blender.
Add ingredients to blender
Top view of blender before mixing.
Ingredients in blender
Blend the frosted lemonade.

🍴Serving Ideas

One of my favorite things about making frosted lemonade is its versatility. I love to get creative with my serving ideas, especially when I have guests or my kids want to show their friends our cool homemade treats. So, here are a few fun ways to serve your frosted lemonade:

  • In a Mason Jar: There’s just something about a Mason jar that makes any drink look extra special. Don’t forget a brightly colored paper straw!
  • With a Fresh Lemon: A slice of lemon to the rim of the glass adds a touch of elegance and a burst of color.
  • Garnished with Fresh Mint: A sprig of fresh mint adds a pop of green and gives your frosted lemonade a refreshing aroma as you sip.
  • In a Punch Bowl: If you’re hosting a party, why not make a big batch of frosted lemonade and serve it in a punch bowl with a ladle? Your guests will love helping themselves to this refreshing treat.
  • Chick fil a favorites: Serve it with your favorite copycat recipes, including a Chick fil sandwich, Chick fil a sauce, and waffle fries for a fast food at-home treat.

💭How to Store

My frosted lemonade recipe is a small batch serving only 2-3 because it doesn’t store very well. The best thing to do is only make as much of this sweet treat as you are planning to enjoy! You can store the lemon juice and sugar mixture in the refrigerator for about a week, but it doesn’t keep as well once you add the ice cream.

Top view of copycat Chick fil a frosted lemonade.


Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Pick fresh, juicy lemons that feel heavy for their size.
  • You can add a few drops of yellow food coloring to make this treat a brighter yellow.
  • You might want to adjust the amount of sugar in your Chick fil a frosted lemonade. It needs some sweetness to balance the lemons’ tartness, but remember that the ice cream will also add sweetness.
  • To achieve that perfect slushy texture, you’ll want to blend your frosted lemonade until it’s smooth and creamy. Pulse the blender a few times before blending on high. This helps create a creamy texture.


Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

While it’s possible to use bottled lemon juice, I highly recommend using fresh lemons for the best flavor.

What type of sugar works best for frosted lemonade?

Regular granulated sugar works perfectly for this recipe. However, if you’d like to try a different sweetener, you could experiment with honey, agave syrup, or even a zero-calorie sweetener like Stevia.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free?

Absolutely! To make a dairy-free version of frozen lemonade, just use a dairy-free frozen dessert instead of ice cream.

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Chick fil a copycat frosted lemonade in a mug with lemon slices and straws.
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Chick Fil a Frosted Lemonade Recipe

Published By Anne
Cool off this summer with Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade! This irresistible summer treat is a delightful combination of citrus and creamy ice cream.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 2
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  • 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream


  • Juice the lemons. You should end up with about 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
    3 lemons
  • Mix the lemon juice with the sugar until it dissolves. Add the water.
    1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cups water
  • Combine the lemonade and ice cream in a blender and blend until smooth.
    3 cups vanilla ice cream


  • This recipe makes 2 large frosted lemonades or 3 smaller ones. It is easy to double if you want more.
  • Pick fresh, juicy lemons that feel heavy for their size.
  • You might want to adjust the amount of sugar in your frosted lemonade. It needs some sweetness to balance the lemons’ tartness, but remember that the ice cream will also add sweetness.
  • To achieve a creamy texture, you’ll want to blend your frosted lemonade until it’s smooth. Pulse the blender a few times before blending on high.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 869IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Frosted lemonade with a slice of lemon and two straws.

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