Say hello to summer with this recipe for Roasted Strawberry & Basil Limeade. All the ingredients come together in a pinch and are the perfect balance of fruity-sweet and sour lime. Cheers!
Soooo it’s been roughly five hundred years since I posted last (okay, maybe like 2 months but still). If you haven’t seen on my Instagram, I recently moved to Chicago! That’s right, I packed up my life and moved up here to the Windy City to take a Marketing Manager position. I am beginning to fall deeply in love with this crazy city. I had taken about two months off from blogging to find a place, move, and settle in. Though now I’m back and excited to share a new series I’m sharing on my Instagram TV (IGTV) channel; The Sober Drunk.
So, rewind a couple months back. I was back home sitting on my porch, drinking some sweet tea and reading a book on cocktails. While flipping through the pages and in between sips of tea the thought popped in my head ‘Why isn’t there a cookbook on craft mocktails?’ This idea turned into a brainstorm which turned into The Sober Drunk. I will be sharing signature craft mocktail recipes in video form on my IGTV channel and the recipes will live here on the blog.
Comment down below what mocktail flavor combo I should work with next!
Roasted Strawberry & Basil Limeade
// Original roasted strawberry recipe
Basil simple syrup recipe
Limeade recipe adapted
Mocktail – per drink
2-3 roasted strawberries*
1 shot lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 ½ shots basil simple syrup**
2-3 fresh basil leaves, plus some for garnish
Lemon lime soda, enough to top off the drink
1 lb. strawberries, halved
¼ cup organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Basil Simple Syrup**
1 cup water
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Basil simple syrup. Combine the water, sugar and basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and allow syrup to steep for about 30 minutes. Pour syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove the basil leaves. Allow to cool completely before chilling.
Roasted strawberries. Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a large parchment lined baking sheet or cast-iron skillet, toss together the berries, sugar and vanilla. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender. Allow berries to cool completely before adding them to the drink.
Assembly. In a highball glass, mash 2-3 of the roasted strawberries with a muddler. Add in the lime juice, syrup and basil leaves. Stir to combine. Add ice and top off with lemon-line soda. Gently stir to combine. Top with slice of strawberry, lime and basil leaf. Serve immediately.
Note: You will have enough strawberries and simple syrup for 4-6 drinks.