When I think of summer drinks lemonade is always on the top of the list, which is why I kicked off my Summer Drink Series with a recipe for Spiked Lavender Lemonade. However, the possibilities for flavored lemonade are endless. So when I saw that my basil plant looked like it was about to explode with leaves and flowers I knew I had to put some of those leaves to good use! I used the same concept of infusing the simple syrup with an aromatic as I used in my lavender lemonade and the result was just as delicious. Another great thing about a flavored lemonade is that it tastes just as delicious with or without alcohol added!
2 ½ Cups Water
2 Cups Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Cups Basil-Infused Simple Syrup
- ¼ Cup Shredded Fresh Basil Leaves
- 1 ½ Cup Water
- 1 ½ Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cup Vodka (Optional)
1 Large Handful Whole Basil Leaves
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat add simple syrup ingredients.
2. Let these come to a soft boil then reduce to a simmer for about 3 minutes.
3. Pour the simple syrup mixture through a strainer to remove basil leaves, let cool completely.
4. Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice, vodka, and 2 ½ cups of water in a large pitcher.
5. Pour in cooled simple syrup.
6. Add ice and whole basil leaves.
7. Stir well, garnish with a lemon, and enjoy!
Tink’s cousin Shade (my sister’s cat) is visiting and there seems to be a bit of rivalry when it comes to who gets to taste the basil on the counter! Naughty little critters.
What is your favorite kind of flavored lemonade? Let me know in the comments below!