Frozen Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Summer in a Glass

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How many of you grew up on those frozen juice concentrate cans and thought that was as good as juice or lemonade or punch got!? Then, one day, you tried fresh squeezed lemonade made with real ingredients and your life changed – right!?

Ok, so maybe we don’t make fresh-squeezed lemon juice every day and we still buy juice from the store (only 100% juice for me). When you do have those fresh ingredients in your food, you can tell!

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All summer long you are going to be craving cooling, fresh, refreshing drinks. Don’t just dive right into an iced coffee or fatty milkshake – instead, you can have all the cool refreshing fruitiness in this frozen lemonade! The lemonade is the perfect blend of sweet and tang and cool and refreshing and even a little something extra to make you go “hmm” and reach for another!

 

Frozen Strawberry Basil Lemonade
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (hulled & halved before freezing)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed when possible)
  • 1-2 cups ice cubes (as needed)
Instructions
  1. Freeze your strawberries (this should be done the night before OR just used the already frozen ones that you can find in the store)!
  2. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and let come to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Let the simple syrup cool.
  3. Put your basil in a measuring cup and lightly pack. Add the lemon juice to the already slightly compacted basil leaves and it should all measure about ¾ cup together. Remember that lemonade is largely to taste as well though too, so you can add more or less based on your flavor needs!
  4. Place the frozen strawberries, lemon juice, basil, and cooled simple syrup in a high quality blender and process for a minute or so until you have a nice slush. If you need it thicker, add a bit of ice or if its too strong/thick - add some water.
  5. Pour into your cups, garnish with berries/lemon/basil - serve with a straw and enjoy.
Notes
After strawberry picking - you should always freeze some of your strawberries to enjoy any time you want a taste of summer!

For a boozy version add in a few splashes of your favorite (flavored) vodka.

Inspired by Use Real Butter

 

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 layered strawberry pop

Two Years Ago – Strawberry Yogurt Pops – farm fresh strawberries frozen with some yogurt for a refreshing treat at the drop of a hat (or the rise of the heat)

 

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite summer beverage?

Comments

Frozen Strawberry Basil Lemonade — 7 Comments

    • Being totally honest – this is the first time I have ever MADE frozen lemonade – I think that will change (especially since my new-favorite-appliance, my Vitamix) pretty much is living on the counter right now!

  1. Yep, I wanna dive right into one of the gorgeous glasses. What a fun twist on classic lemonade! I literally have a TON of fresh basil in my veggie garden and I can’t wait to try it in this! 🙂 Pinned.

    • You got that right Sarah – it IS a really fun twist! I am always looking for fun new ways to use basil, so looking forward to continuing to experiment. Also – if you are overloaded with basil but not ready for regular pesto, you must try the Garlic Scape Pesto for a great way to use a bit of that basil too!

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