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.

101 thoughts on “Blueberry and Basil Vodka Lemonade and Weekend Guests

  1. Aren’t kitchen parties the best? Like the choice of lemonade and the addition of fresh blueberries – so summery and refreshing! Hope it was a great weekend with your best friend.

  2. Yummy! I first had basil in a watermelon basil margarita earlier this year and still think about how wonderful the basil tasted. I am surely going to be making this drink by weeks end because I bet it is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Blueberries and basil what a perfect summer combination! We make fresh fruit lemonade for the kids all the time, of course minus the vodka! I look forward to trying this drink, now I’m thirsty and it’s only 6 am in the morning!

  4. This looks AMAZING! I just bought a bottle of sparkling lemonade — and I have vodka — and I have blueberries and basil.

    Guess you can’t guess what I’ll be drinking tonight…


  5. Wow, I’m inspired. I love making little treats for my guests, and this is perfect timing! Now I’m going to sneak onto my neighbor’s porch so I can grab some fresh basil. They won’t mind, I’m sure, if I bring them a drink!

    Great post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  6. Sounds great. I might go with regular vodka, so as not to over blueberry it, but maybe I should do a blind taste test and see. If only it weren’t 10 in the morning right now!

  7. This looks delicious. I’m really impressed by your modern twist on a classic summer drink. I’d like to feature this on my blog ( if that’s ok with you! Also, check out some of my cocktails, like the lychee bubbly martini. I’m sure you’ll love.

    Now onto those champagne cupcakes! Cheers!

  8. Wow! This sounds delicious! My fiancee’s a blueberry nut, and we both love basil. I “liked” this so I can show her this recipe. Thanks for this post!

  9. Spending our summers on a lake in Maine, I’m always looking for a new summer drink to serve our weekend guests. Maine and blueberries…I will definitely prepare this drink. As you can see from my recent blog A Slice of Summer on a Plate, I’m into blueberries and lemons. Having lived in Florida for thirty years I can definitely relate to your blog and I’m adding you to my blogroll.

  10. This would never normally be something that I try. When I saw the name of it I immediately thought ‘Gross!’ But it does look rather refreshing, and I would assume that the lemonade and fruit would go together nicely. And of course an added bonus that there’s vodka in it too! I’ll be sure to give it a try at my next dinner party … or next free evening!

  11. Yum and them some @”Sweet and tangy lemonade with muddled blueberries and basil”. A delectable vodka blend that surely would tempt one’s appetite. I must try it. Congrats on getting freshly pressed. 🙂

  12. Looks yummy and refreshing. I wouldn’t mind getting tipsy with this cocktail. I’ll just think that I’m detoxing since blueberries have anti-oxidant properties.

  13. Interesting drink. I had to get creative the other night and ended up with Corona, gin, mountain dew code red and sliced cherries… It was a pretty good night.

  14. Nice…. now here in Vermont we put maple syrup in prett’near everything, so I may have to tinker with the recipe a little….congrats and thanks to you!

  15. This looks so delicious and necessary for a quencher on these hot summer days. I never tasted basil in a drink and I have seen it many times. I was scared off by the idea but this recipe makes me want to be daring and give it a shot. Congrats on FP!

  16. This recipe along with your watermelon Mojito recipe will be printed out today and filed in my “drinks to take on camping trips” file!

    The other day when I was in the liqueur store picking up a bottle of gluten free Tequila for our Mexican Super Bowl dinner, I ran across a gorgeous bottle of Vodka made from grapes. Another alcohol that’s gluten-free…uh oh. 😉

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