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Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade Recipe

Try this Chick-fil-a Frosted lemonade recipe for a homemade version you can make at home! You only need 4 ingredients and a blender, and it tastes just as good (if not better) as their classic drink!

frozen lemonade in glass with lemon slice

I have to admit, when I lived in Texas a friend got me HOOKED on this drink. The frosted lemonade is basically a lemon vanilla milkshake, and it is addicting. 

I never saw these two flavors pairing well, but boy-oh-boy, was I so wrong. It is creamy, has a slight tang from the lemon, and is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day. 

We have been attempting to recreate this for years. I have tried recipe after recipe, but was always left disappointed. Until now. The secret? Making a frosted lemonade without ice, but using ICE WATER. 

ice cream and lemon juice in a blender

What is a frosted lemonade made of?

The question of the day. I have no idea what the official ingredients used in the Chick-fil-a version are. But here is the combination that I have found works the best, and gets you that classic flavor. 

  • Lemon juice- FRESH is best. In a pinch, you can use the bottled version, but to achieve that bold lemon taste, it is best to use ripe fresh lemons. 
  • Sugar- Regular white sugar. Just a pinch to help sweeten the lemon juice.
  • Water- You want the water to be COLD. Ice cold. This will help keep the ice cream from melting. 
  • Ice Cream- Vanilla ice cream, to be exact. This is where a majority of the creamy vanilla flavor is going to come from. Pick a quality brand. We really like Tillamook. 

Tips for this recipe:

  • Fresh lemon juice really is going to be the best. You don’t need much, about 1/2 a cup. That is the equivalent of about one large lemon. 
  • A few tips to help you extract the lemon juice; Warm the lemons in a bowl of water before starting and roll it on the table or counter before slicing. This helps to loosen things up and make juicing 100x easier. 
  • Add some water to a large measuring cup filled with ice. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes so it can get properly chilled. This is going to help keep the shake from melting too quickly. 
lemonade milkshake in cup with blue straw

How to make a lemonade milkshake:

  1. Squeeze the lemons until you get 1/2 cup lemon juice. Add to a large measuring cup. 
  2. Whisk the sugar in with the lemon juice until incorporated with a small whisk, roughly 1 to 2 minutes. 
  3. Pour the lemon mixture into a blender with the cold water and ice cream. 
  4. Pulse or blend 1 to 2 minutes, or until you reach a thick milkshake consistency. 
  5. Divide into two glasses and enjoy!

This will give you two large milkshakes. We sometimes even divide this into 4 for smaller servings. 

frosted lemonade in glass on table with straw and lemon slice

Helpful tools for this recipe: 

  • A good lemon juicer will make extracting the juice simple and quick.
  • This ice cream scoop is the one I use. I love that it has a pointed edge. That helps scoop quickly and get all of the ice cream from the corners of the container. 
  • A good blender. I have two, and this cheaper one works great for milkshakes!
  • This measuring cup with a strainer. That way you can strain the ice from your water without too much trouble. Bonus? It will be SO handy whenever you want to make gravy!

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Try this Chick-fil-a Frosted lemonade recipe for a homemade version you can make at home! You only need 4 ingredients and a blender, and it tastes just as good (if not better) as their classic drink!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup very cold water
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream, I suggest vanilla bean

Instructions

    1. Squeeze the lemons until you get 1/2 cup lemon juice. Add to a large measuring cup. 

    2. Whisk the sugar in with the lemon juice until incorporated with a small whisk, roughly 1 to 2 minutes. 

    3. Pour the lemon mixture into a blender with the cold water and ice cream. 

    4. Pulse or blend 1 to 2 minutes, or until you reach a thick milkshake consistency. 

    5. Divide into two glasses and enjoy!

Notes

  • Fresh lemon juice really is going to be the best. You don’t need much, about 1/2 a cup. That is the equivalent of about one large lemon. 
  • A few tips to help you extract the lemon juice; Warm the lemons in a bowl of water before starting and roll it on the table or counter before slicing. This helps to loosen things up and make juicing 100x easier. 
  • Add some water to a large measuring cup filled with ice. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes so it can get properly chilled. This is going to help keep the shake from melting too quickly.

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Ellen

Sunday 12th of July 2020

My son loves Chick Fil A lemonade and I can not wait to make this for him. Especially since I'm going to have a bumper crop from my lemon tree! Thanks for the recipe.

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