Cocktail: Boozy & Bubbly Basil Lemonade

Hey Hi Hello! I’ve popped in to get you nice and boozy just in time for Fourth of July.

It’s summer here, we’re doing all the summery things like sweating to death and hitting the beach. I got a backyard filled with herb plants that are thriving and we’re planning a week-long vacation that’s coming up.

With Fourth of July this week, I wanted to give you something to wash down those hot dogs and burgers with. I landed on a vodka + lemonade cocktail that boozes a crowd and is super simple to throw together. Plus, if you have non-drinkers, it’s just really delicious lemonade! win/win. Let’s get to it…

Boozy & Bubbly Basil Lemonade

Yields 8-10 glasses of lemonade | 1 cocktail

Lemonade

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 cup + 7 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 10-15 basil leaves

Cocktail

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 4 oz basil lemonade

  • lemon seltzer or club soda

  • lemon slices and basil leaves (optional, for garnish)

Make lemonade: Place sugar and 1 cup of water into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. In a large pitcher (or I use a mixing bowl with a spout), stir together simple syrup (sugar mixture), lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water.

Tear basil leaves in 2 or 3 pieces and add to the lemonade. Let sit for at least and hour but best if overnight. If using a mixing bowl, transfer to pitchers or carafes.

Make cocktail: Like a lot of things I do, this is an incredibly simple cocktail. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka and lemonade. Shake and pour into a glass over ice. Top with lemon seltzer or club soda for some bubbles. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh basil leaves. Cheers!