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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE: Summer’s glut of strawberries and fresh basil combine magically to make a stunningly refreshing drink. Spike it if you dare.

When life hands you a Meyer lemon tree (or even simply a handful of more ordinary lemons), you had better get busy. Meyers are some special lemon jewels, and they are not to be wasted or ignored on the tree.

I wanted to appreciate them in all their perfumed glory, so was casting about for a new lemonade recipe. My lure pulled in an intriguing Strawberry Basil Lemonade and I promptly made it.

The herbaceous floral taste was out of this world! So I turned around, got some more lemons, and made it again, slightly altering the method and some ingredient amounts to suit my taste buds.

This is a charming thirst-quencher, and perfect to revive families wilted by the summer heat. I could see building a party around this drink! You could add vodka or gin or hey, tequila!, but this is so easy to glug and so refreshing that if I added alcohol, I would be afraid of getting liquored-up too fast. Suit yourself.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade in a glass with straws and a berry garnish on ShockinglyDelicious.comBasil, strawberries and lemons, you ask, screwing up your face in wonderment?

Never fear, it is a match made in summer heaven.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-5

Summer's glut of strawberries and fresh basil combine magically to make a stunningly refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Spike it if you dare.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (use super fine sugar if you have it)
  • 4 cups water
  • 15 fresh strawberries, hulled
  • About 20 leaves fresh basil

Directions

  1. Put lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add sugar and water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.
  2. Using a mini chopper or mini food processor, pulse to grind the strawberries and basil into a chunky paste. Stir this paste into the lemonade. It will turn a beautiful pink, and some of the basil and tiny pieces of fruit will float.
  3. Refrigerate until chilled. Give it a stir before pouring over ice in glasses.
  4. Serves 4-5.

Notes

Recipe source: Lightly adapted from What's Gaby Cooking.

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Photos by Jakub Kapusnak

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