When I first saw this recipe here, I wanted it right there on the spot. Basil? Yes! Strawberry? Yes! Lemonade? Oh my freakin’ gosh, yes. Until I hit that part where it says that the vodka was optional. When I picked myself up off the floor in shock, I realized this is a reasonable option…just nothing I had considered.
And get this – I tried it without the vodka and it was amazing and it was even better the next day! Then, I tried it with the vodka and I fell in love and debated kicking Mr. M out of the house so that the lemonade could live with me forever.
So thank you Gaby for sharing this recipe. I’ve never met you, or spoken to you, but I think we could be best friends forever. It was the ultimate refresher on a hot summer day!
10 lemons, juiced, approx 1 cup of lemon juice
3/4 cup super fine sugar (it dissolves – you could alternately heat regular sugar in the 4 cups of water until it dissolves!)
4 cups water
8-10 strawberries, hulled
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup vodka (optional – okay, fine, FINE it’s optional)
Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher. Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. If you’re using the regular sugar, just heat the water on low heat and add the sugar, and stir to dissolve, then add to your pitcher.
Add the strawberries and basil to the pitcher. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped. If you do not have an immersion blender, toss it in a blender and have at it.
If you are going to use alcohol, add a bit per glass, that way the little ones and people who don’t drink still get a tasty treat. See? It’s even approved by fresh-out-of-the-shower kids!
However if it’s just you and your party people, dump that 1/2 cup right on in the pitcher. I even floated some extra strawberry slices, because I’m quite fancy. I’m thinking next time I want to freeze it to make popsicles.
From the pits of summer heat hell, enjoy!