Recipe: Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail

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.

Recipe: Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail

Recipe: Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup Vodka (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Basil Paste
  • Garnish:
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Boil Ginger in water for 5 minutes
  2. Remove from heat and discard Ginger slices
  3. Add sugar and dissolve
  4. Add Lemon Juice and Vodka
  5. Add Gourmet Garden Basil Paste
  6. Whisk to combine
  7. Pour into Ice Cream machine and churn until slushy
  8. Sugar lemon peel and freeze until ready to use
  9. Stir together 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and a dash of Sea Salt
  10. Coat the rim of a martini glass in lemon juice and dip in sugar/salt mixture
  11. Carefully Scoop frozen drink into glass
  12. Garnish with sliced lemon, lemon peel and mint leaves
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Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail

Gourmet Garden

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.

Very often we’ll purchase a variety of fresh herbs and spices only to have them go bad before we can use them up.   If you love using fresh herbs and spices to add flavor to your dishes without adding fat, sodium, or artificial ingredients, Gourmet Garden’s new line is a great alternative. Available in the fresh produce department at your local Walmart, these herbs and spices are organically grown, gluten-free, and do not contain GMO’s, artificial flavors, or colors. While they must be stored in the refrigerator, they can be frozen and thawed as needed.  In the refrigerator, they will last 3 months.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for my Chimichurri recipe featuring Gourmet Garden’s Parsley.
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9 Responses to “Recipe: Basil Ginger Frozen Lemonade Cocktail”

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    Jen — July 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    This sounds perfectly refreshing for summer. Yum!

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    Nikki — July 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    What an interesting combination of ingredients! That sounds pretty awesome!

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    Sarah — July 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Yum! I love any drink involving ginger! That basil paste is pretty interesting too, awesome idea for Chimichurri!

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    Mitch — July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I am going to try this, but without the vodka. Let’s just say I am allergic. I love all these ingredients, it should make for a delicious drink. What do you think about cilantro instead of basil?
    Mitchy

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    Stefani — July 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    My drinks seem to be pretty boring too. I normally just drink water but when I do want something else, I am usually craving ice cold Green Tea.

    This recipe sound refreshing for a hot day. :)

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    Gena — July 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Yum! I’ll have to go vodka free,too, but that sounds soo good!

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    Samantha K — July 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Looks delish! I love basil but have never had it in a drink. I must try this!!

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    Chelsea Day — July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    This looks so refreshing. Love the twist on Lemonade! :)

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    Erin T. — July 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

    The vodka should never be optional. ;)

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