Strawberry Basil Lemonade
10 whole Lemons (or 1 ¼ cups lemon juice)
¾ cups Sugar
4 cups Water
10 whole Strawberries with hulls removed
⅓ cups Fresh Basil
½ cups Vodka (optional)
Using a lemon press, juice the lemons into a large pitcher. Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Add the strawberries and basil. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds, just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped. (If you do not have an immersion blender a standard blender will do the trick). Add alcohol if desired. Serve with lots of crushed ice, a garnish of fresh basil and go sit out by the pool and enjoy!