After a successful batch of strawberry-basil muffins, I decided I needed to use that flavor combo again. And again. And again. So, following a trip to my local strawberry patch, I was back at it. This time with strawberry basil lemonade (along with some mint thrown in there too for fresh measure).
Honestly, I’m not a huge lemonade fan. All the sugar takes the fun out of lemons for me. I like making funny faces upon their tartness, and shocking my tastebuds with their startling sourness. I also enjoy dousing my salads with vinegar, and for those of you who do to, I bet you can relate here.
When I order lemonade out, whether it’s homemade or not, it’s generally hard for me to tell whether there’s actually lemon juice in it or not. This is especially true for the strawberry variety. And don’t even get me started on that pseudo, crappy powdery kind.
Hence, lemonade is a rare occurrence in my diet. That’s not to say, however, I don’t find the thought of a cold cup of it to sound incredibly refreshing. What could be more elegant and alluring than a tall, iced glass of Strawberry Basil Mint Lemonade? With a splash of vodka (..ahem, use responsibly), even better.
So, I set out to make my own. Don’t worry, it won’t make you pucker until your eyes bulge out. In fact, it likely won’t make you wince at all. However, this is no sugar water. Instead, this lemonade is packed with taste. I’m talking basil, mint, and the actual fresh flavors found in strawberries and lemons. (You know, the real fruit flavors you should find in every glass of lemonade!) Feel free to add a splash of vodka, but I’m warning you. This is an incredible flavor-masker, so while the lemon flavor will be evident, the alcohol flavor may be not. It will, however, make for quite the refreshing summer cocktail. Enjoy.
Strawberry Basil Mint Lemonade
- -1/3 cup sugar
- -2 1/2 cups water
- -1 cup lemon juice
- -1 cup sliced strawberries
- -2-3 Tbsp. honey, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade
- -1/2 cup basil
- -1/4 cup mint
- -5 ice cubes, plus more to serve over
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until sugar dissolves into water. Remove from heat and place on hot pad in the refrigerator.
- Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a blender, excluding the ice, adding honey one tablespoon at a time, to your taste. Blend until smooth.
- Remove sugar from fridge and finish cooling by adding ice to the pan. Pour into blender, and pulse to combine. Serve over ice.
If turning into a cocktail, add 1.5 oz of vodka per glass.3.1http://foodfitnessfreshair.com/2013/06/25/strawberry-basil-mint-lemonade/