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. It tastes sophisticated yet familiar, if that makes sense.
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! While it’s perfectly refreshing as-is and kid-friendly, you could adult it up by adding vodka or gin or hey, tequila! I added no alcohol because this is so easy to glug and so satisfying that I was afraid of drinking it too fast and getting liquored-up. Suit yourself, but believe me when I say you won’t miss the booze.
Basil, strawberries and lemons, you ask, screwing up your face in wonderment?
Never fear, it is a flavor match made in summer heaven.
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