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Refreshing Summer Drinks

Basil is a nice addition to plenty of easy cocktails: add a torn leaf or two to your gin and tonic, or tap a little into the bottom of a mojito. But these drinks are a change of pace from the classic and the ordinary that feature the fresh green flavor of this herb, and are just right for summer sipping.

Honey-Basil Lemonade

Honey-Basil Lemonade Recipe

 

This simple lemonade combines fresh basil with a touch of honey.

Makes 1 Quart, Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh juice from 10 to 12 lemons
1/2 cup honey
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
Pinch salt
3 cups cold water
1 quart ice
Basil leaves for garnish

Directions:
Combine lemon juice, honey, basil leaves, and salt in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Discard solids. Add cold water and whisk to combine. Add ice. Serve in ice-filled glasses garnished with basil leaves.

Cucumber and Basil Slush Cocktail

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(Photo Credit : Kelly Carámbula, Serious Eats, 2012)

As temperatures and humidity rise, having some frozen drinks in your arsenal becomes more and more essential. This one offers double-cooling action with loads of ice and a soothing cucumber in the mix, plus fresh lime and basil. Vodka’s an easy partner that won’t dominate the flavor—try Karlsson’s Gold, which has a slightly floral side and rich texture—but if you prefer another spirit, feel free to experiment.

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients:
1 kirby cucumber, sliced
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup basil leaves
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup water
3 1/2 cups ice
Garnish: cucumber slice

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in the blender. Using the ice crush setting, blend until all the ingredients are even and finely chopped, about 30 seconds.

Pour the slush into a glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a straw.

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Frosted Lemonade

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If you have not heard……..Frosted Lemonade is a recent addition to the Chick-Fil-A menu as a spin off of their classic and delicious lemonade.

This recipe is a little different than most of the Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade Recipes that you will see. I found the original a little sweet and I wanted something easy to make and that was kid-friendly. This recipe still retains the creamy milkshake like texture with just the perfect amount of lemon juice for  tartness, making it a perfectly cool and refreshing beverage for the summer.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen concentrated lemonade
7 to 8 scoops of Edy’s Slow Churn Original Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:
Shake the can of frozen concentrated lemonade vigorously. Open the container and measure 1 cup of the concentrate using a measuring cup. Add the concentrate and 7 to 8 scoops of the ice cream to blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon slices and serve immediately.