A couple of us girls at my birthday lunch chose to quench our thirst with a freshly squeezed basil lemon-limeade.
I was totally one of those girls!
Basil? Oh yes…
It was love at first sip, but man was it a challenging to recreate.
I gave up after 3 failed attempts and the peel of 15 lemons in the trash.
Have you ever tried to peel a lemon? Don’t. It’s ridiculously challenging.
Please don’t tell me there’s a tool for it. I think I’ll lose my mind?!
… is there?
I opted to go a different route. Enter the slushy [with lemon + lime juice instead of pulp]!
Refreshing Basil Lemon-Limeade Slushy
Vegan [do not use honey], Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
- 2/3 cup of sweetener like honey, agave, palm sugar or 1/8-1/4 tsp white powder stevia *see note
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves + a couple extra leaves for garnish
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice [3-4 medium lemons]
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice [about 4 medium limes]
- 1/4 cup not from concentrate apple juice
- 2 cup cold water
- 2 cup ice
Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until ice is broken up. Pour into glasses immediately and garnish with lime or lemon wedges and extra basil leaves.
Makes ~6 cups.
note: I used stevia for the first batch and honey for the second. I liked the taste of the honey version more, but 2/3 a cup is a bit much.
The basil adds so much flavor!
You better believe I’ll be serving this when Kevin’s family visits from Germany next week. I’m positive it will make a lasting first impression!
I’ve been doing a lot of meal planning in preparation for their visit; which I will share later with you in an upcoming post!
Weekly meal planning for myself has to be my favorite things, but meal planning for others can be a challenge. How do you make sure that everyone is satisfied?
Do you plan meals when you have guests staying with you for more than a couple of days?
Any dishes you think I should make to WOW them?
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