Friday, March 29, 2013

Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Blackberry Basil Lemonade recipe

It's Friday! And it is a holiday weekend and a long weekend for many!  And I'm jetting off to California today!  I say we celebrate with a tasty, summery cocktail.

This was born out of a desire to do a cocktail post, but also out of laziness.  You see, I didn't really feel like going back to the store, because I had just been there, so I looked in my fridge to see what I could find.  I had a carton of blackberries that I bought to eat with yogurt; I had basil that I bought for Remy's Ratatouille; and I had a random carton of lemonade.  Blackberry Basil Lemonade was born.

This drink is delightful, let me tell you!  It is so refreshing.  It has sweetness from the berries, herbal notes from the basil, and tartness from the lemonade.  The drink also turns a gorgeous, spring shade of pastel pink-purple as the juices from the berries are released.  Of course, you can keep this family friendly or you can add a splash of vodka for a grown-up version.

Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Non-alcoholic version

1 container high quality lemonade
2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
8 basil leaves, roughly torn

In the bottom of a jug, muddle blackberries, lime juice, sugar, and basil until blackberries are smashed.  Fill the jug half way with ice, then pour in the lemonade.

OR per cocktail

6-8 blackberries
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 basil leaves, roughly torn
1.5 ounces vodka
1/2 cup lemonade

In the bottom of a glass, muddle blackberries, lime juice, sugar, and basil until blackberries are smashed.  Fill the glass half way with ice, then add the vodka and lemonade.


  1. New summer drink right here!! :) This sounds so refreshing and like a fantastic cocktail. Cheers! Have fun in cali!

  2. This looks and sounds so tasty and we just happen to grow (and usually have a surplus of) basil and blackberries every summer in the garden! Can't wait to try this!

  3. Great recipe! The lemonade looks so fresh and delicious. The blackberries at the bottom of the glass make the drink look fabulous!


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