Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

With the sun going down later in the evening, we like to end our nights out on the patio. While Ian likes to crack open a cold beer while we watch the sunset, I often opt for a glass of lemon water. Lately, I’ve wanted to spice things up and thought I would try and recreate a refreshing summer drink I found at a local restaurant – Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This drink does not require an excess amount of work and makes a simple store bought lemonade feel indulgent. It can be a bit sweet, depending on your taste, so you can water down the lemonade by adding a few more cups of water than instructed.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Once you pour yourself a glass, you are ready to sit back and relax. It’s a refreshing drink to enjoy on a warm summer night and would be the perfect addition to any social gathering. Insider tip: with a splash of vodka this doubles as a delicious adult summer cocktail!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of pink lemonade concentrate
  • 52 fl oz water
  • 1 C. strawberries, sliced
  • Handful of fresh basil

 Directions:

  • Thaw the pink lemonade concentrate and add in the water. Stir to combine.
  • Muddle two basil leaves in a glass and top with pink lemonade.
  • Add in a handful of sliced strawberries and enjoy!

Pineapple Orange Soda

Pineapple Orange Soda

I’m a plain jane when it comes to my beverage of choice – water. That’s right. I will pass up a tall glass of ice tea on a warm day for a chilled bottle of water. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a sweet treat every now and then.

Pineapple Orange Soda

Recently, I’ve been craving something sweet to cap off the last days of summer and quickly fell in love with this homemade fruit soda. It’s simple to make, refined sugar-free, and a fun alternative to traditional soda. Bonus: the recipe is flexible and you can experiment with your favorite flavor combinations!

Pineapple Orange Soda

Pineapple Orange Soda

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pineapple
  • 6 Oranges
  • 1 L sparkling water

Recipe:

  • Peel the pineapple and oranges and place in a juicer to extract their juices
  • In a pitcher, pour in the pineapple orange juice and add stir in the sparkling water
  • Place in the fridge to chill, or serve immediately with ice cubes

Blackberry Ice Cream Float

Blackberry Ice Cream Float

We all have people in our lives that are known for their signature dishes. Whether it be a delicious chip dip, fruit salad, or dessert – there is an unspoken agreement that they will bring this creation to each family gathering or party.

Blackberry Ice Cream Float

For my father, his signature dessert is a root beer float. We enjoyed them on many hot summer nights as a family, and ogled as my dad created a mini assembly line to produce enough root beer floats to feed guests at our family reunion (there were over 90 people!)

Blackberry Ice Cream Float

While you can’t get much better than a classic root beer float, I was curious about playing around with different flavors. Ian had a few Izzy drinks laying around in the fridge so I opted to try a Blackberry Ice Cream Float! It was a refreshing twist on the classic dessert drink and I think you could have a lot of fun playing around with other flavor comibations!

Blackberry Ice Cream Float

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Izzy blackberry soda
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Mint leaf

Recipe

  • Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass
  • Top with Izzy blackberry soda
  • Garnish with blackberries and a mint leaf (*optional)
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!