Blueberry and Basil Vodka Lemonade and Weekend Guests

When inviting guests to spend the weekend, it is a definite bonus that one be a part-time bartender.  The other should be a food lover with a creative flair in the kitchen.  Add in two adorable little kids for giggles and a fun weekend is certain.

For the past several years, my best friend Ayesha comes for a visit.  Whenever we are together, conversation always turns to food and we always turn to the kitchen.  Last year my Forever Young Avocado Pie was our weekend dessert spiked with Liquor 43.  Ayesha took it one step further and added a shot of Liquor 43 to each pie slice upon serving!

This year Ken took the spotlight with this drink.  He first made  this on Thursday when they arrived and from that evening forward I requested this cocktail every day.   Yes, it was that good…..Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  Sweet and tangy lemonade with muddled blueberries and basil, what a combo of infused flavors!

Ayesha is not a fan of blueberries, so Ken had purchased a Pomegranate Vodka.  I personally, love blueberries, so Blueberry Vodka is perfect for me.

Blueberry and Basil Vodka Lemonade

Per Cocktail:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 4-5 blueberries, 4-5 fresh basil leaves and 1 1/2 oz Blueberry Vodka, smashing well.  Add in about 4 ice cubes and top with 4 oz of lemonade.  Shake well and serve!  Per Ken, this drink can be strained but he, and I agree, it’s fantastic looking and tasting with the bits of blueberries and basil.

I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.


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