Strawberry, lemons and basil seem to go together like peas in a pod. The flavors meld together in a way that takes each ingredient to a new level. The key to this drink is to use very ripe strawberries, as they give the most flavor and sweetness. This drink is also incredibly easy to drink, it goes down smoothly and it doesn’t feel like there is alcohol in it at all. This drink can also be made virgin for the kiddos.
Strawberry Basil Lemon Smash
1 cup basil simple syrup
4 cups hulled sliced strawberries
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups rum
4 basil leaves
1 1/2 cups ice
Make simple syrup by cooking 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add 6 basil leaves to mixture. Cool in the refrigerator. Add ice, strawberries, lemon juice, simple syrup, rum and basil leaves to a blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a strawberry half and lemon wedge.