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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

recipes7 years ago

July 4th is around the corner, and I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t show up to a friend’s BBQ without contributing something to the table. I’m not much of a grillmaster (edit: I’m absolutely useless at the grill), so I prefer to bring the “fun” meal components instead — desserts, drinks, hors d’oeuvres… you name it.
This strawberry basil lemonade is the quintessential summer drink; I mean, can you think of any flavors that scream “summer” more than lemons, strawberries and basil? Luckily they taste fantastic together, and it’s the perfect drink for the entire family — spike it with a splash of vodka or rum for adults; dilute it with sparkling water for a lighter, low-cal taste; or simply serve it as is for the little kiddies who like their party drinks sweet 🙂
 
 
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Ingredients for the syprup
  1. 1½ cups granulated sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1lb strawberries; washed, hulled and sliced into twos or threes
  4. 10 large basil leaves
Ingredients for the lemonade
  1. 2 cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  2. 8 cups cold water
  3. Ice
  4. sliced strawberries, basil and/or lemon for garnish (optional)
  5. vodka, rum or sparkling water (optional)
Directions for the syrup
  1. In a medium saucepan, place water and sugar, put on high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down to a simmer. Add strawberries and basil and continue to simmer until the strawberries have fully softened and steeped (approx. 12mins)
  3. Take off heat, strain the mixture to remove the strawberry and basil chunks. Leave remaining syrup to cool.
Directions for the lemonade
  1. Pour the lemon juice, ice and water into a large pitcher.
  2. Add syrup and stir to combine. Continue to add syrup until it’s as sweet as you would like. If you have syrup leftover, store it in the fridge – it can keep for up to a week.
  3. Add garnish, vodka, rum and/or sparkling water as desired.
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