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Summer Cocktail Two-Ways: Sparkling Strawberry Basil Limeade + Blueberry Jasmine Sun Tea

June 26, 2017

Hello, friends.

 

It’s officially summer, friends! You know what that means?? Cocktail time, baby! Today I have two delicious fruity drinks that highlight the flavors of the season. There is both a Sparkling Strawberry Basil Limeade, which is an adaptation of the classic cherry limeade, and then a Blueberry Jasmine Sun Tea made with jasmine green tea. Both drinks are crafted using fresh herbs from the garden. The basil elevates the limeade, giving it a more well-rounded flavor, while the mint gives a fresh kick to the sweetness and mellowness of the sun tea. The limeade is bubbly and sweet, bursting with strawberry flavor as the sun tea is subtler, having the perfect balance of sweet and herbal. If you want to make these cocktails more intoxicating (pun intended), just add a shot or two of vodka per drink (so good!). Serve them during your next cookout or outdoor dinner party to complete the perfect summer gathering!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Jasmine Sun Tea

Original sun tea recipe from Simply Recipes

Blueberry simple syrup adapted from Food & Wine and All Recipes

 

 

Ingredients

            For the cocktail

8 to 10 cups water

6 to 7 jasmine green tea bags

All the blueberry simple syrup* (about 1 ¼ cups)

A handful of fresh mint leaves

 

            For the simple syrup

1 cup water

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup honey

1 pint of fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen berries, reduce water to ¾ cups)

Juice of ½ a lemon

½ teaspoon peppermint extract

1 to 2 shots of vodka (optional)

 

 

Directions

 

For the simple syrup. In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, sugar, and honey and heat over medium-high; stirring until sugars are dissolved. Mix the blueberries into saucepan and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the lemon juice and peppermint extract. Then allow this mixture to simmer until the berries are mushy and the sauce is thick, about more 10 minutes. Strain liquid into a bottle and refrigerate.

 

For the sun tea. Fill a 2-liter pitcher with the water. Place in 6-7 tea bags, cover, and set pitcher to outside in direct sunlight for 4 ½ hours. Remove the tea bags from the tea and store pitcher in the fridge to cool.

 

For the cocktail. Stir the prepared blueberry syrup into the chilled tea. Take a couple of the mint leaves in your hands and clap them together to release their deeper flavors. Prepare four tall glasses filled with ice. Add the mint leaves to each prepared glass. Add a shot of vodka to each glass, if making the cocktail alcoholic. Pour the sweet tea into each glass, garnish with blueberries and mint and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkling Strawberry Basil Limeade

Limeade recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Strawberry simple syrup recipe adapted from All Recipes

 

Ingredients 


    For the cocktail 
The juice of 5-6 limes 
All the strawberry simply syrup* (about 1 ¼ cup) 
2 liters lemon lime carbonated soda, chilled 
Handful of fresh basil 
1 to 2 shots of vodka, per drink (optional) 


    For the simple syrup 
1 cup water 
1 cup granulated sugar 
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, quartered (if using frozen berries, reduce water to ¾ cups)
Juice of half a lemon 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract  

 

 

Directions 


For the simple syrup. In a medium sauce pan, stir the water and sugar together over medium-high heat; stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mix the strawberries into saucepan and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the lemon juice and vanilla. Then allow this mixture to simmer until strawberries are mushy and sauce is thick, about 10 minutes. Strain liquid into a bottle and refrigerate.


For the cocktail. In a 2-liter glass pitcher, add the juice from the limes, strawberry simple syrup and, carbonated soda, and stir to combine. Prepare four tall glasses filled with ice. Take a couple of the basil leaves in your hands and clap them together to release their deeper flavors. Add the basil leaves to each prepared glass. Add a shot of vodka to eat glass, if making the cocktail alcoholic. Pour the limeade mixture into each glass, top with fresh basil and sliced strawberries and serve immediately. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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