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.
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 Basil Lemonade Cocktail
- 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
- 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!