Monday, August 24, 2009

Basil Vodka Lemonade

Great Refreshing Summer Time Drink
We made this down at the beach in Pawley's Island and it was simply delicious.

Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup water
3/4 cups sugar (I use Xylosweet brand of Xylitol - natural, nonsugar sweetner made from birch trees)
1 bunch Fresh Basil leaves

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8-9 lemons)
1 cup Premium Vodka
1 cup ice
1 cup + 1 tablespoon basil syrup
Lemon wedges, for garnish

To make Syrup:  In a small saucepan, over med-high heat, cook sugar and water, stirring well, until dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Turn off heat & add basil leaves, let steep until cool.  Meanwhile, add fresh lemon juice, water, vodka, ice cubes and cooled basil syrup to pitcher and stir well.  Serve over ice in highball glasses with lemon wedge for garnish.

Tip:  If premixing, don't add ice until ready to serve, so it doesn't water down the mixture.  Freeze some lemonade (minus vodka) in ice cube trays and serve with the drink for an even tangier concoction.

Recipe found in Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine - Gourmet on the Go

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