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strawberry basil lemonade

I’m generally pretty slow when it comes to trends.  With fashion trends, I’m just not bold enough to make a statement.  I mean, I just started wearing skinny jeans 6 months ago.  I think my mom had a pair before I did.  When it comes to entertainment trends, I guess it’s because I’m partly oblivious and partly uninterested in what everyone else is watching, reading, and listening to.  Case in point: I don’t own a Lady Gaga album, I’ve never read Harry Potter, and I have yet to see an episode of Jersey Shore.
As far as food trends go, they are just so overwhelming to keep up with.  Even though I about died and went to heaven when I saw The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls, and I have seen 134 other blogs rave about them, I have yet to make them.  Another food trend band wagon that I haven’t I haven’t hopped on: the cookie stuffed in a cookie. That is definitely happening soon in my kitchen.  Without a doubt.
There is one current food trend I just could not wait to try: the herbed fruit summer drinks.  There have been so many fun combinations popping up.  From Blackberry Ginger Coolers, to Rosemary Infused Peach Bellini’s, to Blackberry Thyme Margaritas, the combinations just keep getting more and more creative.  As if all of the blog posts about the summer drinks weren’t enough to make me want to try one, I randomly had a sample of Basil Lemonade at a cafe last week, and it was so good.  I knew I had to recreate it.
I decided I wanted to make strawberry basil lemonade, but with very little drink-making experience(wine-pouring doesn’t count as drink-making) I turned to the internet for a recipe.  Luckily I found a recipe from chow.com to guide me (and my mom who helped!), and it was definitely a good one.  The hint of basil is subtle, but definitely present, and it oddly goes just perfectly with the strawberry lemonade.  The process of making it is a bit long, especially with a cheap, no-good lemon juicer, but the work is worth it.  This fun drink would definitely add something special to a barbecue or a hot summer night out on the deck.

strawberry basil lemonade

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Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • for strawberry basil syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 lbs of strawberries washed, hulled, and cut into 1/2" slices
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • for lemonade:
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 cups lemon juice chilled (approx. 12-14 lemons)
  • ice
  • 1/2 lb strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced for garnish
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • For strawberry basil syrup:
  • Place sugar and water in large saucepan over medium heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Once at a boil, add the strawberries and basil, reduce heat to medium low, and let mixture simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
  • Once at room temperature, strain the mixture from a fine-mesh strainer.
  • Discard the solids and set the syrup aside, or refrigerate until ready to use.
  • To make the lemonade:
  • Pour the water, lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups of strawberry basil syrup into large (3 qt) pitcher or punch bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Do a taste test, and add more syrup if needed.
  • Add ice and garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves.
  • Enjoy!
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