Fresh Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

June 6, 2016 at 2:00 AM 2 comments

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

When I’m searching for a place to grab drinks with friends I have two requirements: a great atmosphere and a cocktail menu. The emphasis is mainly on the cocktail menu! As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of beer so if I’m going to forgo ordering a glass of water (with a lemon wedge to spice things up!) I need a good cocktail menu.

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

One of my favorite cocktail discoveries was a berry lemonade. It was the perfect blend of sweet and tart, so it was a refreshing drink to cap off a warm summer day. I thought it would be the perfect cocktail to bring along to a BBQ or pool party, so I played around with flavor combinations at home until I came up with this strawberry basil lemonade recipe!

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

Fresh Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 C. sugar
  • 4 C. water (divided)
  • 1 C. fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 C. pureed strawberries
  • 1 C. vodka
  • Handful of fresh basil

Recipe:

  • Make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar and 1 C. water in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Once the sugar had dissolved, remove from heat and let cool
  • Squeeze lemons until you have 1 C. fresh juice
  • In a large pitcher, add the lemon juice, simple syrup, pureed strawberries, vodka, basil, and remaining 3 C. cold water
  • Stir until well combined and serve chilled

*Want a more family-friendly version? Just leave out the vodka for a delicious summer mocktail!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eat Simple. Love Food  |  June 6, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Going to try these, love this!!

    Reply
    • 2. sjbreunig  |  June 6, 2016 at 4:40 PM

      I’m so glad! I know I will be making a few batches of this lemonade over the summer!

      Reply

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