A Tribute to Andy Griffith – Lemonade Cocktails

As a tribute to the late and great Andy Griffith who we so sadly lost today, I’d like to refresh your mind with a lemonade cocktail toast to one of the most beloved Sheriffs of all time.

Blue Frog

Your standard vodka and lemonade seems like exactly what Andy would be sipping while Opie sold the the more innocent version at his lemonade stand. I think the name is so perfect as well, giving one a feeling that after they enjoy their refreshing drinks, Andy will send a smiling Opie out to catch himself some frogs.

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 5 oz Lemonade (regular or pink)
  • Lemon cut into slices

Combine vodka and lemonade over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Or, if you’d like, you could always throw in an Opie’s brand cocktail cherry, for good luck.

Cranberry Fizz

I just imagine Andy and his other Mayberry neighbors sitting on their porches on a hot summer day, enjoying cocktails made from natural ingredients like freshly squeezed lemonade and cranberry juice.

  • 2 oz White rum
  • 3 oz Cranberry juice (or 1.5 oz cranberry liqueur)
  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • Orange cut into slices (optional)
  • Cranberries (optional)

Combine rum and cranberry juice over ice in a tall glass. Top with Lemonade. Garnish with orange slice and/or cranberries if desired.

Gin Shandy

What’s a hot summer day without a shandy? And lord knows there were some hot summer days in Mayberry.

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 4 oz Ginger beer
  • 3 oz Lemonade

Combine ingredients in a tall glass over ice. Enjoy.


On this 4th of July, let’s remember Mayberry’s favorite son by sitting on our own porches, stoops, roofs, and decks and toasting to his good name. Rest in Peace, Matlock.

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