It is finally getting warm here in Utah. It's been quite the "Spring" with cold weather and lots of rain. Now's the time for cold drinks out on the patio!
I've been hearing of the use of basil in drinks for some time, and always thought it was strange. Then my husband and I went out to a fancy restaurant for dinner, and I made myself order one thing I'd never had before. It turned out to be a cherry basil drink. I instantly fell in love with the crisp freshness that the basil provided. So, here it is in a cold, refreshing Strawberry Lemonade!
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
by The Double Dipped Life
8-10 lemons (1 cup of juice)
3/4 - 1 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
Juice roughly 8-10 lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice into a pitcher. Add 3/4 to 1 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you want it. Add 4 cups of cold water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Roughly chop the strawberries, and add to the juice. Add basil leaves. With a hand blender, blend the strawberries and basil until you reach your desired consistency. Serve cold!