Homemade cocktails don’t need to be complicated to be delicious or impressive, like this simple Basil Lemonade Cocktail! It’s easy to make and is a refreshing twist on a vodka lemonade cocktail!
REFRESHING BASIL AND VODKA LEMONADE COCKTAIL!
While I really love making batches of sangria or my personal favorite cocktail – Moscow mules, sometimes I want something different and really, really easy to enjoy on a warm summer night.
And you can’t get much better than a lemonade based cocktail for summer!
Vodka lemonades have been a favorite of mine since college. They were always easy, delicious and refreshing!
This is an elevated twist on vodka lemonades, bringing in the rich, aromatic basil to enhance the flavor.
Now, I know the first time I was introduced to basil in lemonade, I was a little skeptical. A friend of Bryan’s brought everything to our house for a fun game night, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The basil provides a sweet and peppery addition to the tart lemonade. It really does work! Plus, the basil adds amazing aromatics to the cocktail!
Don’t drink alcohol? You can easily make this as a Basil Lemonade Mocktail, otherwise known as a normal Basil Lemonade! I definitely made this a few times when pregnant for a fun at home drink recipe.
HOW TO MAKE BASIL LEMONADE COCKTAIL
If you can do a little bit of muddling, you can make this simple basil lemonade cocktail. Not complicated at all! Here is what you need and what to do with those things!
INGREDIENTS FOR BASIL LEMONADE COCKTAIL
- LEMONADE – I prefer using a light lemonade to cut back on sugar.
- FRESH BASIL LEAVES
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING BASIL AND VODKA LEMONADE
- Place basil leaves at the bottom of your desired glass and gently muddle.
- Add ice, vodka and lemonade to glass.
- Stir and garnish with lemon wedges and basil if desired.
Like I said, easy peasy with only 3 ingredients and 3 steps!
HELPFUL ITEMS FOR MAKING BASIL LEMONADE COCKTAIL
Technically you don’t need anything special to make this drink. With that said though, I do find it easier to make with a simple cocktail set. Here’s why!
First, I always prefer measuring my liquor with a jigger for all my cocktails. It’s the easiest way for me to know what I’m putting in each drink. My husband is definitely more a pour and see kind of person.
Second, using an actual muddler makes muddling a lot easier. You can use the end of a wooden spoon or the handle of a rolling pin instead.
You can see my two favorite suggestions below!
3 PIECE BAR SET: If you are going to make simple cocktails, this is my favorite bar set. It has a jigger, a muddler, and a trident cocktail stirrer. This last one means it has a mini “spoon” shape on one end like a traditional stirrer and a forked shape on the other.
LARGE BAR SET: If you are going to be getting into more sophisticated cocktail recipes, including anything that needs to be shaken or strained, than I suggest upgrading to the full bar set. I love having everything on hand. You never know when you want to try something new!
TIME TO MUDDLE YOURSELF A BASIL LEMONADE COCKTAIL!
- 1.5 ounces vodka (1 large jigger)
- 6 ounces light lemonade
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Muddle 1 or 2 fresh basil leaves at the bottom of desired cocktail glass.
- Add ice.
- Add vodka and fill remaining with lemonade (around 6 ounces).
- Gently stir and top with lemon wedge or basil sprig if desired as a garnish.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g