When life gives you basil... make basil lemonade!
So here's my contribution to this week's edition of Weekend Herb Blogging, which is hosted at Kalyn's Kitchen. Be sure to check her site on Sunday night, for a re-cap of everyone's recipes.
~~~~~ Basil Lemonade ~~~~~~
First, I made ice cubes using a few leaves of lemon basil. Since the leaves of lemon basil are smaller than those of sweet basil, they fit nicely into each cube.
Then I took sweet basil leaves -- about 2 cups -- and chopped them up finely. (I decided to use sweet basil, because I thought the flavor of the lemon basil would get lost in the lemon juice. But any type of basil, including purple or Thai, could be used.)
Add the chopped leaves to a bowl, add sugar, and mash everything together. I used about 1/3 cup of sugar, but I would go with less next time. Adjust it to your own taste. Mash it up good -- until it looks like pesto.
... squeeze the lemons. I used nine lemons to my two cups of basil leaves.
Add the lemon juice and some plain water to the basil mixture. I didn't measure the juice or the water. Just keep tasting it... until it tastes to your liking.
Then strain your lemonade into a pitcher, add ice, sit back... and ENJOY!
This was sooooo delicious and refreshing. Even Michael really liked it! He added a little white wine to his, for an impromptu sangria. And I was thinking that, with a little tequila, this would make a fabulous margarita, too. This recipe will definitely get a replay at our house!