Basil Lemonade Cocktail

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)This past week our sweet pal brought us a bunch of fresh mint, basil and rosemary from her garden (thanks Laura!). Naturally, my mind went straight to cocktail recipes. I had wanted to try a basil simple syrup for a while and my ship had finally come in! 

On a side note, my husband hates basil, but I love it. And today when he walked into the kitchen and smelled the syrup I was making, he was like, "What's that?! I want to try it." (insert my evil laugh here) I told him it was basil and he still kinda wanted to try it. And you know what? He liked it. I guess it's my lucky day! I never thought I could get him to love basil OR any mixed drink besides a Bloody Mary. He's an evolving man, what can I say? :D

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe) Basil Lemonade Cocktail, serves one 

Basil
Lemons
Sugar
Club Soda
Gin
St-Germain

In a tall glass, mix 2 ounces basil simple syrup (recipe below), 1.5 ounces gin, 1 ounce St-Germain, and the juice of three lemons. Add ice and top off with club soda and stir. Stir chopped basil into the drink as a (flavorful!) garnish.  Enjoy!

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)   Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)   Basil Simple Syrup, makes one jar

Basil 
Sugar

To make basil simple syrup, simply combine 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a pot and add 3-4 chopped basil leaves. I usually use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water for a small batch, or two cups for a batch I want to use for a couple weeks or a party!  

Yum!Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)      This drink is so refreshing! If you don't drink alchohol you would still enjoy it without the liquor. :) It's a treat. Perfect for girls night, which for Katie and me is tonight. Hooray! 

xo. elsie 

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