While I tend to be a foodie, my drinks are actually quite boring. I could live on iced tea and water and be perfectly content. When I talked to my husband about creating a recipe with Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices, my mind immediately went to food, while his went to drinks! Since I really wanted to see how versatile these fresh, packaged herbs and spices are, I tried their Chimichurri recipe and the hubby created an incredible Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail.
We love frozen drinks, particularly on warm summer days. Traditionally, those drinks are always fruity and sweet, but in more sophisticated establishments, herbs and spices are used to create varied flavor profiles. Utilizing Gourmet Garden’s Basil Paste, he created a sweet-savory drink that can easily be enjoyed by the pool or with a fresh summer meal.
I tasted the “virgin” variety of this drink and it was absolutely refreshing with a perfect blend of sweet and savory (almost tart) flavors. The basil surprisingly complimented the drink nicely and adds a Mediterranean flair.