I couldn’t imagine a hot summer afternoon without the noise of sprinklers and a pitcher of lemonade. As I was making a batch this morning I could hear the screech of little ones running through my neighbors wet lawn as they inched closer and closer to the spray. Memories flitted here and there as I rolled and squeezed lemons.
Late summer is my favorite time of year. Leaves are beginning to turn and autumn peeks around the corner giving us a once over. Meals are all cooked outdoors and as grills cool, evening breezes gently kiss our skin while we sit on the porch sipping chilled beverages.
The recipe below is basic and can be adjusted to taste. I add a sprig of basil and lemons for garnish and occasionally, wink-wink, whip up a delicious lemon-basil martini.
- 5 cups water divided, 1 cup and 4 cups
- 1 cup sugar
- 6-9 Lemoniera lemons, depending on size and taste preference
Simple Syrup Combine sugar and 1 cup of water in small sauce pan. Simple syrup ratio is always 1 to 1. Bring to a light simmer over low heat. When sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and cool.
Release the Juice Roll lemons over counter top or cutting board to release juices, cut in half and squeeze. You are looking for about one cup, however you may wish to increase or decrease depending on personal preference.
Creat your Potion Add cooled syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of water in that order to pitcher. Stir well and add ice. Use additional lemon wedges and pieces to garnish.
Simple Lemon-Basil Martini
Using your pitcher of lemonade, add the following items.
- 1 ounce gin or vodka
- Lemonade from recipe above
- Juice of one lemon
- Fresh basil
In a cocktail shaker, muddle two basil leaves with a bit of lemonade. Add ice 1 ounce of gin or vodka, the juice of one lemon and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with lemonade and garnish with a sprig.