Lemon Crush Cocktail Recipe

A little sweet, a little sour, and all refreshing.

This sweet, sour and refreshing Lemon Crush Cocktail recipe could be your new summer favorite – but I drink them well into the fall. This cocktail is inspired by my crew’s favorite libation at P.F. Chang’s – a lemony-coconut water concoction that the bartender wouldn’t give up the recipe for.

lemon coconut water cocktail

Even though I use coconut sugar and coconut water, there isn’t a lot of real coconut flavor here, so sometimes I use coconut vodka in this cocktail recipe (my favorite is from Ciroc). You could definitely use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar, but I like the caramel notes coconut sugar provides, plus it’s better for you…. so you can have another Lemon Crush cocktail. Or two.

Serve these alongside some Roasted Shrimp with Lemon & Garlic for a delicious causal afternoon snack.   

This Lemon Crush cocktail tastes like summer with a kick. Try it soon!

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Lemon Crush Cocktail Recipe

A little sweet, a little sour, and all refreshing. This lemon crush cocktail recipe tastes like summer, with a kick thanks to the coconut vodka.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail recipes, gluten-free cocktail recipes, lemon cocktail, summer cocktail recipes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 141kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1/2 lemon, juiced, plus remaining half for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar, plus more for garnish
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 3-4 oz. coconut water
  • a handful of ice


  • Combine lemon juice, coconut sugar and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Stir until sugar begins to dissolve. Add coconut water and ice, cover and shake. Pour coconut sugar onto a plate and set aside.
  • Garnish cocktail glass by running a lemon wedge all the way around the rim of the glass. Place the glass, rim side down, on the plate and twist back and forth until it is coated with coconut sugar.
  • Fill glass with ice and another squeeze of lemon if you wish. Pour cocktail through strainer over ice and enjoy. Can be prepared without vodka for an equally refreshing (but less potent!) drink.




Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg


photo by Katie Roletto 

Frequently Asked Questions about this Lemon Crush Cocktail:

Is this the P.F. Chang’s Lemon Crush cocktail recipe?

Pretty close. We sat there watch them make several of them and made notes, then went home and recreated the drink.

Do I have to use coconut sugar?

No. You can use regular sugar or brown sugar, depending on your preference. The coconut sugar does add a distinct flavor.

What is a good lemon and vodka cocktail?

A lemon crush, of course! The recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, vodka, coconut sugar + coconut water.

What mixes well with coconut vodka?

This lemon crush recipe is fabulous with coconut vodka.

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