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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

February 7, 2013

(Strawberry) Heart Ice

Hooray for Valentine’s Day! With the big pink and red spectacle only one week away, I thought I would come up with a drink that Todd would love as a special treat. Now, two things that Todd loves are soda + strawberries, so I decided to combine the two using the heart shaped ice cube trays that are everywhere this time of year. I threw some fresh strawberries into my food processor and added a sprinkle of sugar over the top before pureeing it into liquid form. Once pureed, I poured the mixture into the heart ice cube trays and put the tray into the freezer to set. I put 4-5 frozen strawberry hearts in a glass and filled the rest of the glass with Sprite. I love the look of the frozen strawberries floating in the glass, but even better is the sweet strawberry taste that mixes into the drink as the strawberry hearts melt.

So easy and so cute. Try it yourself and let me know if you come up with another delicious flavor combination!signature