Lemon Basil Slush
This super easy Lemon Basil Slush is one of the most refreshing summer drinks I think I’ve had. Certainly the best I’ve had this summer. I’ve been working on sharing my menus with you guys, my readers. By that I mean instead of pulling recipes together to share that are random and arbitrary I want to talk about things in groupings from drink to dessert. So far…I like it! This is my first for this light summer menu.
I’ve also been scouring the internet and suggesting other dishes by other bloggers incase someone isn’t crazy about what I paired. I love this Watermelon Slush or if you want something not completely frozen what about a Sparkling Lemonade Punch? I’m sure any of these wold do well with the addition of a little spike (like my favorite sangria) if that’s what you’re after. It’s been a lot of fun for me and I’ve found some really need alternatives so I hope you enjoy this new avenue of sorts on MIC.
I’ve also been playing around on Pinterest
entirely too much a little wanted to make a photo collage like I’ve seen so many others do. I thought this recipe was the perfect place to start since I’m pretty proud of the way the photos came out. I rarely use light and airy photo themes. I seem to struggle artistically and have been trying to push myself a little. I normally gravitate to the dark and moody photos but I’m loving these for the Lemon Basil Slush. They turned out exactly the way I wanted so it might appear my camera is throwing up photos…sorry about that (not sorry).
I’ve been working like a mad woman lately and have so much to share with you so I’m going to cut this one short. You see my everyday life is a little insane right now. My middle child is leaving in the next couple of weeks for college. I’m not entirely sure what my emotions on that are just yet. On the one hand I am so incredibly proud of her and her hard work and accomplishments. She chose my most favorite places of all to attend (Roll Tide!) so that’s a plus and the campus is only an hour away from home so that’s a major plus but I’m starting to get apprehensive about it, hence all the cooking. It’s really, really strange to think she’ll never live in this house or with me again. It’s very bitter sweet. She is all the good parts of me and none of the bad and I will miss her like I would miss my own heart. I’m sure I will run here to talk with you a lot in coming months. I may need a shoulder to cry on.
Although total time is a little over 9 hours there is only about 10-15 minutes of active time so don't let that frighten you away.
- 2 cups firmly packed basil leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 can thawed lemonade concentrate
- raspberries for garnish
- Bring basil and 1 qt. water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Allow to boil until leaves begin to darken, about 8-10 minutes.
- Stir in sugar.
- Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves
- Remove from heat and stir in lemonade concentrate, let mixture stand 30 minutes.
- Pour lemonade mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag and discard basil.
- Freeze 8 hours or until mixture is firm.
- Remove lemonade mixture from freezer and let stand until slushy, about 20 minutes turning the bag occasionally.
- Serve with fresh raspberries.
Strawberries and limeade may be substituted with nice results.