I love entertaining all summer long and this strawberry basil lemonade is the perfect addition to the summertime menu. One of my go-to entertaining tips is to get as much done before the friends arrive as possible. That way you can really relax rather than work away in the kitchen. Pitcher drinks are a great way to do this since they can often be made ahead of time and left to refrigerate. I tend to just add ice once the party is getting started and let friends help themselves. Have a station on the counter ready with the glasses and cocktail napkins and just set the pitcher nearby.
Right now my basil is growing like crazy. I can’t keep up with it! The added basil to this drink to me was a pleasant surprise and really expressed the tastes of the season. The best part about this drink is that you can made the strawberry basil lemonade as is, or add about a cup of vodka to spike it for the grown-ups. How refreshing! Plus, its pretty!!
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
1 can frozen pink lemonade
8-10 strawberries, washed, stems removed and sliced
10 basil leaves
1 cup vodka (optional)
Directions: Made the can frozen pink lemonade made to directions in a pitcher. Add the vodka if choosing the spiked option. Add the berries and basil. Refrigerate until ready to serve and then add ice to level desired.
For garnish you might want to have a few small leaves and strawberry slices ready in a small bowl to top in each glass. Guests will be wowed and this drink takes no time at all!