#FoodieExtravaganza: Dairy Free Frosted Lemonade

As a child, I loved Country Time lemonade. I used to go to the grocery store with my mom and cross my fingers the whole way down the aisle that it would be on sale. Classic yellow lemonade or the pink lemonade variety, I didn’t care.

I can still hear the sound of the granules crunching against the spoon as I would stir in the water, waiting for them to dissolve, taking amusement in the swirl of water it would create. And then came the hard part, waiting for it to get cold enough to drink.

For some reason, adding ice cubes wasn’t an option for me. I’d rather make the lemonade with warm water to ensure it dissolved and then test my patience as I waited for it to cool down to drinking temperature.

My love for lemonade continued into my teenager years where I found that the baseball stadium served the world’s best frozen lemonade and I just so happened to have a boyfriend with a mom that got free tickets weekly.

In an attempt to meet new bloggers and branch out my blog, I’ve been joining different blogging events. When I found #FoodieExtravaganza and saw that their themes for the month are based on National Food Holidays, my fingers stumbled over themselves to my email to quickly ask if I could join.

The host for this month is Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook and if you hadn’t guessed by now, the theme is Lemonade.

August 20th is Lemonade Day and I chose to celebrate the holiday by making Frosted Lemonade. Perhaps you’ve had one of these milkshakes from Chick-Fil-A before. Unfortunately, for my 30th birthday, the universe gave me the gift of lactose intolerance, so I made this a dairy free version, using vanilla cashew milk ice cream.

Dairy-Free Frosted Lemonade
Source: Cookaholic Wife Creation
Servings: 2 ¼ cups
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    • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
    • ½ – ⅔ cup sugar
    • 1 ¼ cups water
    • 1 pint dairy-free vanilla ice cream


1. Combine the fresh lemon juice and water with ½ cup of the sugar.
2. Stir until the sugar dissolves and taste. If it is still bitter add the remaining sugar.
3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to chill.
4. Allow ice cream to thaw for 10 minutes.
5. Add the lemon juice and the ice cream to a blender and blend until smooth.
6. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Most of the recipes I’ve found for copycat versions say to use Starkist lemon juice. I’m guessing this is something you can find along with the orange juice, but neither of the stores I went to carried it, so I opted to use fresh lemons and increase the amount of sugar slightly.

I usually pick up vanilla almond milk ice cream but I couldn’t find that either and thought I could try out the cashew milk version. It’s why the frosted lemonade isn’t white in color and it was slightly sweeter than I expected it to be, but it really counteracted nicely against the still tart lemonade. 

I also made one of these for Tom using regular vanilla ice cream and he said it tasted just like what they serve at Chick-Fil-A. 

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  1. This just makes my mouth water. I have never had one from Chick Fil A or anywhere else but the flavor profile is perfect.

  2. What fun! I did laugh when you wrote that your 30th birthday gift was lactose intolerance. Ugh, getting older is a joy, isn't it!!? When my husband hit 40, he got the gift of gluten intolerance. Well, I will definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks incredible for the hot days we have been having lately! Sorry about your lactose intolerance. Love that you found a dairy-free version.

  4. I've not had one of these from Chik Fil A or elsewhere but it sounds a bit like what I knew as an ice cream float as a child. Sure great for summer!

  5. Ohhh… SO giving this a try soon!

  6. That looks perfect for a hot day! So refreshing!

  7. I love Chick-fil-A's frosted lemonade. I'm glad you were still able to make one that you could enjoy. Welcome to #FoodieExtravaganza, thanks for joining me in the lemonade party!

  8. Oh, fantastic! I haven't had this at Chick-fil-a before, but I'm thinking I might need to do it. In case you haven't found it yet, Bryer's has some really good lactose free vanilla ice cream. My husband is lactose intolerant too, so we switched to this ice cream.

  9. Lemon and ice cream combo makes this drink refreshing and mouthwatering.

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