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!
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Fresh Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

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!