Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Perfectly Frozen Basil Lemonade


Temperatures have been heating up here in the valley of the sun.  After an afternoon working in the garden, all I want is a very refreshing drink.  I was just lucky enough to purchase a case of fabulous lemons from our co-op and they have been calling to me.  I have such a lemon 'thing'.  I am on a kick.  I have been making and enjoying lemon everything, I tell you.  If you have an amazing lemon creation for me to try, Facebook me the link.  I have been joking about having an "I love lemon month".  I love when the intense lemon flavor makes your mouth pucker.  ♥

With a garden full of 4 varieties of basil flourishing I thought "what a fantastic drink this is going to be" as I was hand selecting my 'sweet basil' leaves (this is my first recipe using my fresh garden ingredients, of course they had to be perfect).  So, I got started.  You know the secret to the perfect lemonade is not using sugar, but making a simple syrup.  What could be better than a summer day with Perfectly Frozen Basil Lemonade? Sharing it with the people you love.  This recipe serves 4!  Enjoy.


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Perfectly Frozen Basil Lemonade serves 4
5 cups ice cubes
1-2 cups fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed (plus extra for garnish)

To create basil simple syrup:  In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat combine sugar, water and basil leaves.  Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).  Strain basil leaves and place basil simple syrup in a mason jar. 

In a blender combine ice,  lemon juice (start with 1 cup and adjust to taste) and basil simple syrup.  Blend until fine consistency is reached.  Serve in a glass garnished with basil leaves.

Enjoy!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

12 comments:

  1. YAY! You did it! Glad it turned out so well. That is a lot of fresh lemon juice! Holy smokes, you just might like a stronger lemon flavor than I do. That is no small feat, my friend!

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    1. These are VERY LARGE lemons and you know how that goes. I would adjust to taste. If we used the lemons on my tree we would use a lot less juice.

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  2. This sounds amazing right now! It's finally starting to warm up here in LA--the weather has been so bipolar lately. I'll definitely be whipping one of these up this summer. :)

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  3. Oh, this sounds most refreshing, Donna! And I loved checking out your lemon Pinterest board...now I know where to look when I'm craving citrus :)

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  4. I am so lucky my neighbor has a crazy prolific lemon tree. She said please take them off her hands. It feeds the whole neighborhood. I have just discovered the simple syrup way to make lemonade. I don;t know why it took so long, but I now keep a jar in the frig for unexpected company. It just makes all the difference. Good post.

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  5. I just had a run and crave to have a nice and refreshing drink like yours. *drooling*

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  6. I can't wait for summer warmth to arrive here in New England. This sounds like a refreshing drink to have while sitting out the dock.

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  7. I'm grilling tonight and was going to make Mint Juleps, but this sounds much more enticing!! (And yes, I'm adding vodka and turning it into a cocktail) Curious though, if I make a bunch, how long can the basil simple syrup sit in my fridge before it goes bad??

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  8. You know what I am making right now- seriously, guess! YEP! Frozen Basil Lemonade. Will let you know just how much I love it:)

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  9. Oh this looks so good. I might just have to drizzle a little limoncello on there though.

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  10. Now I know what to do with my lemon tree in my backyard.

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