Three. Day. Weekend.
Oh, yeah. Four if you don’t work Fridays. Which I don’t.
With Memorial Day weekend upon us I thought it was high time I shared some more cocktails with you. Well, two real cocktails and one for the teetotalers. If you know any teetotalers. I don’t.
This strawberry lemonade is the bomb.
Once upon a time, long long ago, I made lemonade by squeezing lemons and adding a bunch of sugar and water to the juice. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I figured out that adding granulated sugar doesn’t really work. It all just settles to the bottom. The secret to great homemade lemonade is making it with simple syrup so the sugar, lemon juice, and water stay combined.
Step it up a notch and make a flavored simple syrup, in this case strawberry, and you’ve got one helluva drink. The kids will love it, too! Just make sure they only get this one.
And when life gives you strawberry and lemons together in a delicious drink what do you do? Add vodka, of course.
I don’t recall if I’ve ever had a lemon drop but I know it’s vodka, lemon juice, and sugar. I’m calling this a strawberry lemon drop. It’s dangerously good.
For the final twist on this drink add basil and serve over ice. Like a mojito but instead of rum you use vodka, replace the mint with basil, and then fill the glass with strawberry lemonade instead of lime juice and soda. So, actually, it’s nothing at all like a mojito. I’m going to call it a strawberry basil lemonito.
Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
- 1 heaping cup strawberries, chopped
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 packets Stevia (This is my way of reducing the sugar a bit. If you prefer, use a whole cup of sugar and omit the Stevia.)
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 6 lemons
- 3 more cups water
- Combine strawberries, water, sugar, and (if using) Stevia in a medium saucepan.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and use a wooden spoon to mash up the strawberries and release their juice. Set aside.
- Combine lemon juice and 3 cups of water in a pitcher.
- Strain the strawberry syrup mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
- Add strawberry syrup to the lemonade and chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve over ice.