All posts tagged: summer drinks

Sweet Basil Lemonade

      I don’t believe there’s another beverage that embodies summer better than a chilled glass of lemonade. It’s wonderful how something so simplistic can evoke so many emotions and memories in one sip. I know I’ve seen a handful of kids with lemonade stands on my weekend yard sale excursions. I remember the typical lemonade growing up was a powder mixture version if you were at my house. I mean, don’t persecute my mother for robbing us of the purity that is lemonade. She would still garnish it with a couple of real fruit slices. But I recollect a visit to my grandma’s house was the real deal, usually in the center of the table atop one of her linen table cloths finished with lace corners.      My grandmother was a hard-line woman but you could occasionally get over on her. If you wanted dessert, it was either a glass of lemonade or one scoop of ice cream. It was rarely ever both.      Lemonade is so easy to make but most people shutter …

Basil Simple Syrup

The Summer is coming to an end so quickly and I have so many recipes that I want to give you. But my, how times flies when you’re having fun. Well, that’s a lie. You all are having fun while I’m working six days a week, blogging and trying to squeeze in the occasional nap (sigh). But any-who, here is a simple recipe that will be a great addition to all of your summer cocktails and beverages. A little bit of basil, sugar and water opens the door to a plethora of pool-side drink concoctions. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 cup Basil Leaves 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Directions 1. In a sauce pot on medium high heat. Add the water and sugar. Allow the mixture to come to a boil or until liquid is clear and there are no sugar crystals visible. Once mixture is boiling, toss in basil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the eye, cover and let basil steep for 2 or more hours. Strain mixture and store into a …