Strawberry and basil! Who would have thought it? Not me, that’s for sure, though someone in Budapest did, as I remember reading in a menu: “Strawberry-basil mille feuille” and thinking: “Hmmm, this sounds interesting…” but in the end I chose an almond cake with roasted apple ice-cream instead and never got to try the combination.
It sort of stuck in my head I guess, because as soon as the temperatures here went up again, I decided to try and make a lemonade using those flavours.
It is fairly easy to make and the result is a lemonade that tastes quite different but is as refreshing as the traditional ones.
5-10 strawberries, depending on size and on how “strawberryish” you want your lemonade to be. I used 6.
Basil, I used about 10 leaves.
1 teaspoon honey (to 1 tablespoon if you like your drinks sweet, bear in mind that strawberries are already sweet).
Optional: a quarter of a cucumber, blueberries.
1.- Blend the honey, strawberries and basil with a little water.
2.- Wash the lemons and cut into wedges. Separate 5 wedges for decorating later, and place the rest in a jar. Muddle until you have extracted as much juice as possible. Discard the lemons.
3.- Pour the strawberry-basil blend into the jar and top with water.
4.- Add the cucumber cut into slices, the blueberries and the lemon wedges.
5.- Serve with ice and Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!!