Basil Lemonade Cocktail

 Basil Lemonade Cocktail

We recently went out to celebrate a friends birthday at  Burlap.  They have the best food and on this particular night, we had bottle service.   One of the mixers they provided was Basil Lemonade and it was so delicious and refreshing.  Mr. YUM and I talked about how great it was and how we had to make it at home.  So here is a recipe to make an out of this world Basil Lemonade Cocktail.  Please don’t hate me the next morning, these go down way too smoothly.

Basil Lemonade Cocktail
Recipe found at Epicurious

Makes about 6 cups
  • Vodka
For the Lemonade
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1¼ cups fresh lemon juice
For the Simple Syrup
  • 4 cups packed fresh basil sprigs (top 4 inches; from a ½-pound bunch)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 9 (4- by 1-inch) strips lemon zest
For the Lemonade
  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher.
For the Simple Syrup
  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let stand at room temperature, covered, 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container and chill until cold, about 1 hour.
  2. Strain syrup through a sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on and then discarding solids.
To Serve
  1. Pour lemonade into glasses with ice.
  2. Add vodka and a dash of simple syrup.
  3. Garnish with a spring of basil and enjoy!
Syrup keeps, covered and chilled, 5 days. This recipe is equally as good without the Vodka.


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3 Responses to Basil Lemonade Cocktail

  1. Lisa says:

    I saw this on Facebook – looks so good! Love your comment about these going down too easy, maybe one is enough?!

  2. Megan says:

    My best friend is coming to visit this summer – this sounds like a perfect drink to start her time here. And I always need good recipes for my lemon tree! Thanks!

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