Monday, October 18, 2010

Vodka Lemonade with Basil Syrup

Putting basil in a vodka lemonade made me a little wary, but after reading the recipe, I decided to give it the ‘ole college try! I’m so glad I did! I went light on the basil…and the flavor was plenty strong for me!

Let’s get started with the basil syrup.

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You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs basil

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Pour the sugar and water into a pot.

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Throw in a couple of sprigs of basil, turn on the heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

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Simmer for a few minutes to really infuse the basil flavor.

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Cool slightly and then stash in the fridge until completely cool.

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Meanwhile, start squeezing some lemons! I didn’t have quite enough lemon juice, so I added water to get 1 1/2 cups. To boost the lemon flavor, I zested one of the lemons and added the zest the the juice to sit for awhile.

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Now for the good stuff! You’ll need the basil syrup, 2 cups vodka, 1 1/2 cups lemon juice, a couple more sprigs of fresh basil.

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Use a strainer when you pour the liquids into the pitcher. I don’t like to have “pulp” in my drinks!

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Pour in the basil sugar syrup.

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And the lemon juice.

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Measure out 2 cups of vodka…

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And add vodka to your shopping list!

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Ooo, looking tasty!

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Add the vodka.

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Stir in the sprigs of basil.

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And serve over ice, garnished with another small sprig of basil. This may seem like a lot of basil, but it’s really not. It’s a pretty mild flavor.

Make this drink while it’s still warm outside…and before your basil freezes!


Joanne said...

I might try this one this weekend. I still have a LOT of basil that I need to use up (or something). Girl, we need to live closer - that looks like too much for you and Travis to drink alone! ;-) Kevin and I could help!

Sara said...

It did make a lot! I actually took it to the lake one evening to meet up with some of Trav's family, so I didn't come home with much left!

soccermom10 said...

me me! I could help too....

Karen said...

Hmmmm.....maybe we should have a big pitcher or two at the family reunion? Oh, but I will have to be able to drive home that day so maybe not. lol

Sara said...

Now, that's a good idea! You'd just have to have a drink early in the day!