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