Now that the weather is warmer and the evenings are longer, Andy and I have developed the habit of lingering at the table after dinner. Where the winter months inspired us to quickly clear the table so we could retire to the snuggley warmth of the couch, where we could bury ourselves under fluffy throws and warm kitties; we now sit back pour another glass of whatever and discuss our day, our weekend plans or whatever we happen to be thinking about. As a nod to these wonderfully laid back evenings I’ve been sprucing up our evening beverages with handfuls of fresh fruit or herbs. While our flavor combinations have been a bit more traditional, I am very excited to add these recipes to our weekly rotation:
To a large pitcher of lemonade add 2-3 cups of chopped strawberries and a handful of chopped basil. The longer this lemonade sets the more the basil flavor will infuse with the beverage!
To a small pitcher of lemonade add 1 cup of slightly mashed blackbarries. You can smash these by hand or with a spoon, but the more you smash them the more the color will infuse in your lemonade-pretty!
To a large pitcher of lemonade add in 2 cups of grapefruit juice and fresh slices of grapefruit. Give this one a taste when your done-as you may want to add more sugar if you feel it’s too tart.
To a large pitcher of limeade (or lemonade) add one cucumber, thinly sliced, and a handful of chopped mint leaves. This one is similar to the Strawberry Basil lemonade in that the mint flavor will become stronger the longer this beverage sets.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw, and keep an iced tea spoon (a spoon with a really long handle) on hand for getting every last bit of delicious fruit from the bottom of your glass.
Images and recipes from here.