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Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade

An Elevated Take on a Classic Southern Staple Sip for Summer
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I don’t know there was ever a better flavor pairing than strawberry and basil.  And when they’re combined in a fresh homemade lemonade recipe, the result is out of this world… the result is refreshing, punchy and the perfect balance of flavors.  Now make the thing boozy, and you’ve got yourself a dangerously easy-to-drink batch cocktail on a hot summer’s day.  Enter my Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade.  

Today’s recipe was actually inspired by the strawberry shortcake my mother recently made for me on my birthday.  I used the extra strawberry puree from the shortcake recipe, grabbed the rest of the ingredients I had on hand, and started messing around.  

I started by pouring regular vodka in the cocktail shaker since I didn’t have basil vodka at home.  I did, however, pull fresh basil from the garden and muddled it in the bottom of the glasses, saving some for garnish at the end.  Basil, like rosemary, goes a long way in cocktails so you really don’t need that much per each drink.  

Next, I added equal parts lemonade and club soda to the shaker.  If you like your lemonade on the sweeter side, go a little heavier on the lemonade.  I used our John Daly recipe for the lemonade here—though you can of course use store-bought lemonade if it’s easier for your occasion—because I knew I would use the sugar cane sticks when garnishing to serve.  These are the sugar sticks typically used in Mojitos, and they can be a bit difficult to find sometimes.  But when I find them, I stock up, because I love how they add a little sweetness to your drink as you chew on them.  

Because I don’t mind having actual fruit puree in my drink, I simply poured the strawberry puree in the drinks.  But if you’re a no-pulp kind of person, consider straining the puree into the glasses when serving for a less chunky effect.  I share my simple recipe for the puree below; all you’ll need is fresh strawberries, sugar and some time for them to macerate.  

All in all, this recipe is your ultimate batch drink.  It’s easy, refreshing, and a true crowd-pleaser this time of year.  When serving, I love using my pink footed goblets by Juliska atop this beautiful wood and marble board from Waiting on Martha Home.   And think how pretty it would be with all of the ingredients set up in a DIY serve-yourself bar at a bridal luncheon, baby shower or barbecue!  Truly, MKR


Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade


  • 2 oz. basil vodka (regular vodka can be substituted)
  • equal parts lemonade* and club soda, more lemonade if you prefer it sweeter
  • 1 fresh basil leaf to muddle
  • strawberry puree**
  • plus basil leaf and strawberry to garnish
  • *Homemade lemonade recipe linked in post, store-bought can also be used
  • **For Strawberry Puree
  • fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • if you're fine with the chunks, mash lightly and let it sit there. Otherwise you can use a strainer to get rid of chunks


  1. For strawberry puree:
  2. Mash strawberries and sugar together, let sit to macerate.
  3. If you're fine with chunks of strawberry, pour entire mixture into cocktail below.
  4. Otherwise, use a strainer to omit the large pieces of fruit.
  5. For cocktail:
  6. Muddle basil leaf at bottom of glass.
  7. Pour vodka in cocktail shaker.
  8. Add half lemonade, half club soda to cocktail shaker.
  9. Shake, shake, shake.
  10. Pour into glass with muddle basil.
  11. Add strawberry puree into glass.
  12. Garnish with basil leaf and strawberry, and serve.
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The Easiest Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

A Vibrant and Irresistible Warm Weather Sip
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

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Tequila Sunrise; has there ever been a more perfect name for a vacation cocktail?  And here’s the great thing, you don’t have to actually be on vacation to enjoy this libation.

With a simple recipe of a mere three ingredients, the Tequila Sunrise is a classic cocktail that deserves a comeback this summer. It’s vibrant, refreshing, and packs a flavorful punch thanks to high quality silver tequila, orange juice and Maraschino cherries.  Plus how gorgeous is that two tone color, especially in my favorite Dwell Studio malachite glasses.

In truth I probably wouldn’t call myself a tequila person, per say; by now you know I’m a wine lover through and through.  BUT, there’s something about the mix of Casamigos, freshly squeezed orange juice, and the sweet juice from a jar of Maraschino cherries that immediately puts me into out of office mode and who doesn’t love that?! Plus if there was ever a time to enjoy a Tequila Sunrise cocktail it’s now when you can get the sweetest, in season, Florida orange juice.

The recipe for this easy, super vibrant, two-toned cocktail is below.  I hope you’ll mix it up this weekend, and let it instantly transport you to sandy beaches with absolutely nowhere to be and nothing to do.  Cheers to island time Friends!  Truly, MKR




The Tequila Sunrise


  • 1 oz. Silver Tequila, I prefer I used Casamigos
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice, and fresh squeezed takes it to the next level
  • 1 oz. Cherry Juice. I used it right from the jar, you could also muddle maraschino cherries
  • Orange slices, maraschino cherries for garnish
  • Salt rim, optional


  1. Layer cocktail ingredients in the following order: cherry juice, tequila, orange juice.
  2. Garnish with orange slices, maraschino cherries, and salt rim if preferred.
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The Classic Negroni Cocktail

An Indispensable, Yet Simple Happy Hour Cocktail
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The Classic Negroni cocktail recipe by @waitingonmartha

The Negroni.  It’s the perfect apéritif (a pre-dinner drink to awaken the appetite), and in its simplicity, it’s one of the most indispensable cocktails, in my humble opinion.  It came about circa 1919 in Florence, and has continued to be a mainstay on any decent cocktail menu (read on about its history and splash into the mainstream here). It seems fancy; it’s not.  It’s made up of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari.  And with a crisp blood orange peel as the garnish, it’s as gorgeous as it tastes.  

Campari always brings on the La Dolce Vita vibes for me; and The Negroni’s cheery, punchy red with fresh citrus and bitter sweet flavor is incredibly easy to sip under the sun. I think you’ll find that its flavors beg for creative renditions of its classic recipe, too.  It can be served on the rocks or up in a cocktail glass, and it’s incredibly easy to pour another (and another).  Cin cin!  Truly, MKR


The Classic Negroni
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  1. 1 oz. gin
  2. 1 oz. Campari
  3. 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  4. Orange peels, to garnish
  1. Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass orr double rocks glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with orange peels, and serve!
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