Today’s Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail is in partnership with Socialstars sponsored by Sweet’N Low® to share a cocktail perfect for those summer evening gatherings. All opinions are entirely my own. #DontHesitaste
Have you noticed that once the kids head back to school, everyone’s attention turns to Fall? I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and y’all, Christmas is already consuming the aisles. Christmas!
While I’m just as anxious as the next person to welcome the cooler temperatures, it’s still hovering in the 90’s here and rather than looking ahead to Fall, I’m still soaking up the backyard BBQs and summer evenings on the porch with cocktail in hand….like this Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail!
Spiked with a little bit of gin and berry flavored vodka, it’s the perfect way to cool down on these unbearably hot summer nights. In fact, I won’t even venture outside prior to 7pm and unless there’s something cold to sip on waiting for me. If you do so, you’ll melt. I’m not even kidding.
To create a Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail of your own, you’ll need some strawberries, fresh basil leaves (have I told you I’ve been growing my own?! so excited!), gin, berry flavored vodka-just a splash, and low calorie lemonade.
I know what you’re thinking…using the zero calorie Sweet’N Low sweetener for the lemonade defeats the purpose of saving calories when you’re adding alcohol, but hear me out on this one. You’re adding muddled strawberries so you’re getting some fruit and you’re skipping the calories in traditional lemonade by using the Sweet’N Low so while it’s not completely calorie free, it IS fewer calories than a traditional cocktail. In fact, it’s less than 100 calories when using the alternate lemonade.
Speaking of lemonade, to get started, you’re going to want to decide on your homemade lemonade. To balance out the calories from the gin, I recommend using the lemonade recipe found on the Sweet’N Low website. Just skip the mint since we’ll be adding basil to our cocktail instead. If you’re unconcerned with calories (lucky you!), use your own lemonade and proceed to the next step.
With your lemonade set aside, slice up your strawberries and divide them into 4 mason jars. Add in the basil leaves and muddle, muddle, muddle.
Toss in the gin, splash of vodka to each, lemonade and stir, stir, stir until well combined.
- 4 strawberries (sliced)
- 8 basil leaves
- 4 ounces gin
- 4 splashes strawberry (or berry flavored) vodka
- 12 ounces lemonade (3 ounces per serving)
- extra strawberries & lemon slices, for garnish
- Muddle 1 strawberry and 2 basil leaves in the bottom of your glass (I used mason jars), then add ice.
- Pour in 1 ounce of gin, a splash of vodka, and 3 ounces of lemonade to each glass, then stir until combined. Garnish each with a strawberry and lemon slice.
Invite over a neighbor and drink up, cool down, and swap ideas over how you’ll be decorating for Fall ONCE it starts feeling like Fall.
PS: It’s the last month of the summer tour and your chance to hangout with Sweet’N Low® on their summer sampling tour to try some Sweet’N Low® sweetened iced tea, play fun games and snap hilarious pictures of all the fun. Be sure to mention my name at the event for a special gift! See where you can meet up with Sweet’N Low® this summer at: sweetnlow.com/tour.