On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade. But it has to be the good stuff–freshly squeezed, not too sweet, and icy cold. Giada’s Italian Lemonade has a leg-up on even the best homemade lemonades though. It’s made with basil simple syrup. Infusing the fresh flavor of basil into a sugar syrup leaves such a bright taste in your mouth after every sip. I made it earlier this spring, and had been thinking about it ever since. My balcony basil has sprouted up and all over, so I was due for another batch. But I had been wondering about turning this drink into a cocktail.
Taking some inspiration from the big girls, I added vodka and was not disappointed. Not disappointed in the slightest. Last time I made the drink, I found it quite sweet, and watered it down beyond what Giada was suggesting. So this time, instead of watering it down, I vodka-ed it up! What a compromise.
This drink is best served with girlfriends and Real Housewives. 🙂