Lemonade and summer are a timeless duo. As with any pair, changing things up once in a while can lead to new discoveries. We opted to look no further than the seasonal & local food items around us! Fresh strawberries and basil add just the right amount of unique flavor to a classic glass of lemonade.
These three recipes allow you to create as much of the cocktail as you’d like. Alcoholic or non, this will be a summer sip that you return to through the season…
Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups water
- 1 lb strawberries, sliced (divide and reserve ½ for garnish)
- 1 cup Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- 2 cups vodka, optional (if leaving out, add 2 more cups of water)
- Lemon slices and basil leaves for garnish
Add the lemon juice, water, strawberry basil simple syrup and vodka to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lemon, strawberries and basil leaves.
Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 lb strawberries, sliced
Heat sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved, about five minutes. Stir in strawberries and basil leaves and remove from the heat. Allow to cool at room temperature for about an hour. Strain and keep refrigerated in a sealed container. Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup will keep, covered and chilled, for about 2 weeks.
*TIP: For an extra flavor kick, infuse vodka with fresh strawberries and basil
- Layer sliced strawberries and a 2-3 basil leaves in a quart-size glass jar (mason jars are perfect), filling it almost all the way to the top. Fill container with vodka.
- Place the lid on the jar and shake gently. Let the vodka infuse in a cool, dark place for 2-3 days. Strain out the strawberries and basil and transfer to a clean jar. Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.