May 22, 2013

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

So, I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. Well, I’m addicted. To this cocktail. Please don’t think less of me. I was at Houlihan’s (a local restaurant chain) a few weeks ago and saw a lemonade concoction on their menu that used gin, strawberries, and basil. I love basil and strawberries, so I thought I might really regret it if I didn’t at least give the drink a try. DE-LIC-IOUS. The only problem with the drink was that I didn’t have unending refills of it when I got home, so I decided to remedy that little issue as soon as possible. It actually didn’t take long at all to unlock the sweet summer flavor at home, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Lemonade
  • Gin
  • Simple Syrup

For one drink, slice two strawberries and muddle them together with two medium basil leaves in the bottom of your glass.

On top of your strawberry/basil mixture, add 2 parts lemonade and 1 part gin. We made MinuteMaid frozen lemonade, but it would be extra delish to make your own lemonade from scratch. Add a dash of simple syrup to taste, and you are ready to sip your summery goodness!
We made these for a recent party and it really helped to prepare a batch of the muddled strawberries and basil and the lemonade/gin/simple syrup mixture right before the gathering started. That way, we could just scoop our strawberry concoction into a glass and pour the spiked lemonade right on top.

I guess you all know what I’ll be drinking this summer, cheers!

xo. Laura

10 thoughts on “Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

  1. dottybelle

    Looks like summer in a glass! I’ll be making these for my house warming in a few weeks. Might have to try out a few first, just for to be sure I get it right 😉 x

  2. the usual bliss

    I just made a strawberry-basil something something recently. So refreshing! My simple syrup had the strawberry and basil flavors in it. I was trying to copy a cocktail I had on a trip, which used gin AND vodka… summertime happy hour time!

  3. Wendy

    BW, tried this with pineapple, fresh and frozen strawberries, lemon, basil and vodka! Refreshing and tasty. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog, very nicely done. I’m in the middle of getting mine completed, it’s up and partially running. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

  4. Sydney

    that sounds totally amazing! I always find it impressive when people enjoy something out in the world and then come home to recreate it, many life points!

  5. Vivian

    Making this for a wedding tonight…part of the drink bar. Both grooms LOVE strawberries & basil. Wish me luck!


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