Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Basil Lemonade

Flowers make me happy! I realized a few years back that even most of the prints in my clothing were floral prints. I just LOVE them! So right now I am a very happy girl as I look out my living room window to see this every day. It is the biggest hydrangea bush I have ever seen! I think they are bigger this year.

Some are the size of two human heads! I mean really!?!
So when the girls were over yesterday we decided to take pictures in front of them. Unfortunately the sun was not working in our favor.
Strategizing where to stand, Em wanted to be on the best side for her hair, Meg just wanted the sun out of her eyes!
 Now the sun is my my eyes..
 Hmmm still not good....oh well!
 It's ok, the hydrangeas have the spotlight!

We used lemon zest on the menu at Dream Dinners this month, so I kept taking more and more lemons home! I had about 25 I think! I decided to make lemonade. One of the sweet girls in Jeffrey's family, Marqui, makes basil lemonade and it is always so good, so I tried it out. I was delicious. It cuts the sour of the lemon just enough.
Basil Lemonade
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
8 leaves of basil
Squeeze lemons...lots and lots of lemons!
Chop basil
Make a basil infused simple syrup. Stir sugar and water with the basil on medium heat.
Keep stirring until mixture clears, then take off heat. Don't bring to a boil.
Allow to cool then strain syrup and mix into 5 1/2 cups of water.

Chill and serve over ice!

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