Oh, the heat here in the forest is unbearable in July. I open the house in the night and hope that enough cooler air comes up the canyon to pull the blistering heat out of the house. I diligently close every window and door when I awake at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m., lest the scorching morning heat make its way back in. We survive the day without air conditioning and reflect on the winter’s snow wondering how it was ever possible.
And we all drink lemonade and ginger ale.
The flavors are great as they are but we do have a great time adding a touch of other complementary flavors to our drinks. This one is a great example. It is simply a traditional honey lemonade recipe which I describe here with a punch of basil.
Make this lemonade like you would your favorite but add a strong basil infusion as part of the water portion. Chop the fresh basil up to increase its surface area and allow more of the flavor of the leaf to make it into the infusion. Our household, from age 5 to 71, gave this drink a “thumbs up.”