Strawberry and Basil together are fantastic. I love the combination of sweet and herb and with a little tequila, it kicks it up to a fun summer drink. Basil is such a great summer herb. It’s a tender perennial, so won’t last the winter in Ohio, but in the south you may be able to grow it all year long if you keep picking the flowers off. Make the simple syrup using sugar and water and then steep the basil in it. You can also throw leaves in the blender with the strawberries to add a little more basil flavor.
You can make this frozen or put the strawberries into the simple syrup with the basil and make it a nice cocktail without the fruit slush. This is great for your memorial day weekend, up the quantity and make a whole blenderful to share. Use soda instead of alcohol and you can make a fun non-alcoholic drink.
- 1½ cups strawberries
- splash of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
- 1 ounce tequila
- Juice of one lime
- 1 cup ice
- splash of basil simple syrup
- Basil leaves
- Whisk the sugar in the water in a saucepan or small pot until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear. Rip up the basil and let steep.
- Throw all of the ingredients into the blender and blend. Pour into glasses garnish with basil – fresh strawberries with sink, but they make a nice surprise at the bottom.
You will have a lot of simple syrup left over. You can store it in the fridge, or make ice cubes and then stick in a ziplock bag to use as desired.