Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade

With the early spring prediction from Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil this past February, it’s time for a seasonal beverage update. With the sun shining this much we need an extra little sparkle without the champagne price tag.

A classic beverage with a savory twist, you can’t resist the Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade.

Refreshing lemonade base with a touch of crisp bubbles and a sweet basil botanical finish. Vodka or a floral gin would be the spirit of choice. You can even experiment and go with the botanical options of vodka. 

For this spring refresh you can either create your own lemonade or use your favorite store-bought lemonade. Fresh slices of lemon accompanied by fresh basil leaves is the way to go. Dry basil will not work for this. If you want to add extra garnish, create a spiced rim with raw sugar, lemon juice and crushed left-over basil leaves.

Pitcher Batch into Individual Pours:

Add your lemonade, basil leaves, vodka and ice. Give a vigorous stir before pouring into a tall glass over a fresh large ice cube. For a little extra razzle dazzle, create the sugar rim and add a thin slice of lemon to the side of the glass before adding fresh ice. Fill your vessel ¾ of the way and add your choice of soda water, or my personal favorite, Topo Chico. Garnish with another slice of lemon or small cluster of basil leaves.

Ingredients

  • 9 to 10 large basil leaves
  • 1 to 2 lemon slices, your preference 
  • 1 cup of lemonade 
  • 4 oz of vodka or gin
  • 1 can of seltzer to the side to top off mixture
  • Ice