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 LemonadeNon-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
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.