Coming home to Texas, I have been OVERWHELMED by the heat! Most days I don’t want to go outside. By 10 o’clock in the morning most days it is nearing 100 degrees, something I definitely wasn’t used to in Ecuador.
My mom has lots of fresh herbs growing in our gardens and in her garden towers , so for a family gathering I decided to make strawberry basil lemonade. Also on the menu? Corn salad with avocado, coconut, and an herb dressing, pork roast with apples and onions from The Pioneer Woman , gluten free bread rolls made from my mom, a big, green salad, and two gluten free crumbles–one with blueberries and strawberries and one with fresh peaches! I used gluten free flour to make a shortbread topping for the blueberry strawberry crumble, and for the peach crumble I used an oat mixture with ground pecans and almond flour.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
3 tablespoons honey
1 large bunch small leaf basil
3 tablespoons sugar
Slice your strawberries. Reserve one or two for garnish in the pitcher.
Put the rest in a pot with the juice of one lemon, the honey, lemon zest (about 1 teaspoon, but you can put more!) half of the basil, and .5 cup water. Cook down.
Meanwhile, juice the rest of the lemons, reserving a half of a lemon to one full lemon for slices to put into the pitcher. I just used a hand juicer. Mix the sugar into this lemon juice.
Once your strawberry basil mixture is cooked down, blend with 2-2.5 cups of water.
Strain this mixture.
Let it settle, and then scoop the foam off the top.
Add the wedges of the remaining lemon, the remaining strawberry slices, and the rest of the basil to a clear pitcher.
Pour in the strawberry-basil mixture and the lemon juice.
Fill with water.
Sweeten more to taste!
This makes a VERY strong lemonade. This concentrate makes enough for 2 pitchers, so you can make the one pitcher, fill another pitcher with water, and mix the two. Top with ice! If you want to get really fancy, you can freeze strawberries and use those as ice cubes or freeze strawberry slices in ice cubes.
How are you beating the summer heat?