It’s been getting hot and muggy lately. Not that type where it’s dry-hot, but super sticky-humid hot. And when it’s this hot I always get a sudden urge to quench my thirst with lemonade.
So I walk over to my fridge, open it up and…
FINE I’ll make limeade 😡
Oh, left over basil from the plant I dramatically pulled from the garden because of its pathetic attempt at growing an inch in 3 weeks? Ok, why not.
Turns out limeade is just as good at cooling you down. It has a certain flavor that mixes well with the basil just like how lemonade meshes very well with strawberries. Who would have thought, basil and lime?
This refreshing drink is perfect for the upcoming July 4th weekend. And if you want to add some rum, go right ahead! However, don’t add vodka, it kind of interferes with the lime flavor and the drink becomes bitter.
Yields: 8-10 cups
2 cups sugar
6 cups water
1 cup fresh lime juice (squeezed from limes, not from concentrate)
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 cup rum
In a large pitcher combine the fresh lime juice and 4 cups of water.
In a saucepan combine the 2 cups of water, sugar and basil. Boil for 5 minutes and add to the mixture in the pitcher. If you feel that the lime is too strong add more water.
If you are adding rum then add now!