Refreshing Basil Lemon-Limeade Slushy

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
Recipe type: Vegan [do not use honey], Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 6 cups
A healthy slush drink made with crushed ice, fresh basil, lemon and lime.
  • ⅔ cup of sweetener like honey, agave, coconut sugar or ⅛-1/4 teaspoon white powder stevia *see note
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves + a couple extra leaves for garnish
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice [3-4 medium lemons]
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice [about 4 medium limes]
  • ¼ cup not from concentrate apple juice
  • 2 cup cold water
  • 2 cup ice
  1. 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.
I used stevia for the first batch and honey for the second. I liked the taste of the honey version more, but ⅔ a cup is a bit much.

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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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  1. FYI – I use a carrot /potato peels to peel my lemons!

  2. I plan my meals for sure….neurotically. I peel my lemons all the time. The T.O. Exhibition has a peeler they sell and I can’t live without it. I peel and then I put it into the bullet to pulverize. If you’d like I can show you the peeler. Just email me.

  3. Sounds like you could use a channel knife. They usually come as part of a small zester (also helpful depending on what size pieces of peel you’re looking for), but you can peel the entire citrus fruit in one long spiral with enough practice. It makes for an lovely garnish, too, especially when candied… I’m pretty excited to make this my go-to drink for the summer.

    • I just bought one today after I read your comment. Thank you so much. Now, I just have to figure out how to use it :)

  4. Oh my, what a great looking drink. Question, where do you purchase palm sugar? I’ve never heard of it.