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.
Basil, strawberries and lemons, you ask, screwing up your face in wonderment?
Never fear, it is a match made in summer heaven.
Photos by Jakub Kapusnak
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