What says summer fun more than lemonade? Well…lemonade with liquor in it, of course! Having pretty much failed as a small-scale vegetable farmer last year, this summer I stuck to herbs and have a pretty ample supply (all legal, of course). So we went to town making herb-infused simple syrups to add to our lemonades. Turns out they were really tasty! You should try this…you can easily use herbs from the grocery store…a bunch should do the trick.
Herb-Infused Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 bunch of herbs (basil, thyme, lavender, cilantro)
Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once you hit a boil, add your herbs and reduce the heat a little. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally to bruise the herbs. Don’t cook too long or you’ll have herb caramel. Nasty! Pour into a container and chill before using.
We made three different concoctions (actually four, but we’ll save #4 one for Mischief Friday): Basil Lemonade (top right; slightly spicy and fun); Lavender Lemonade (top left; sophisticated and very nice) and Cilantro Limeade (top middle; this was our favorite…cool, refreshing, different). We used the same basic recipe, just swapped out the citrus and herb syrups. It’s really fun and easy…and probably not that messy if you’re not drinking while doing it. 😉
Vodka-Spiked Herb-Infused Lemon-Limeade (makes one 16 oz glass)
(wow—that was a lot of hyphens!)
2 oz vodka
2 lemons juiced (or 3 limes, if doing limeade)
2 oz simple syrup – flavored
Add the citrus juice and simple syrup to a 16 oz serving glass. Stir to combine. Add vodka. Fill glass 2/3 full with ice. Top with club soda. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.
Drink Responsibly, Mix Irresponsibly…
Play with the ratios of the recipes above. If you like more lemon taste, add more lemon juice. If you like it sweeter, then add more simple syrup. If you like more vodka, add more and then call the Betty Ford Clinic.
Tune in tomorrow for a full serving of fruit with your adult beverage!