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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lemon Basil Margarita



We use more herbs in drinks these days. It seems to me that it's a rather recent trend, but maybe I've just noticed it more since Connie and I have planted so many different herbs and include them in most every meal. I saw a recipe for a Lemon Basil Margarita then found it online on a blog called Ultimate Margarita. Here's the link to the recipe as he wrote it:  Lemon Basil Margarita.  This sounded right up our alley since it used some of the basil from our herb garden.  Connie made it as directed and it looked like this.




We both found it way too strong. 2 ½ ounces of liquor with only the juice of a lemon and some agave to cut it. So Connie decided to throw the whole mess in a blender with a bunch more ice and we had a Lemon Basil Slushie! This is a very refreshing drink on a hot day, and since we've had a plethora of hot days.... Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!


I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!


Lemon Basil Margarita

Ingredients

 2 whole lemons, ¼ reserved for garnish, the remainder juiced
8 large basil leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 ½ oz of Agave Nectar,
1 oz of Grand Marnier
4 oz of gold tequila (we used Jose Cuervo)
Ice


Directions:

Put the ingredients in a blender. Once it's nice and slushy, pour it into your chilled margarita glasses and garnish with a basil sprig and a wedge of lemon.  Don't forget to toast the one you love!!

3 comments:

The Mom Chef said...

You didn't find that the basil overwhelmed everything else? I do like the change that you made. I have lemon thyme in the garden. I wonder how it would be with that instead.

Kate said...

I'll bet the lemon thyme would be wonderful!! In fact, we'll have to try that this weekend. The drink was wonderfully balanced between the lemon and the basil. But, that's coming from someone who LOVES basil.

Chef Dennis said...

I do have trouble with drinks that are too strong too, I love the idea as more of a slushy, so refreshing!
I've never used basil in a drink, I'm going to have to give a try.
I would love to send the invite to Pinterest, I just need an email address to send in.
cheers
Dennis