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With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of spring get-togethers, so yesterday I whipped up a batch of this refreshing Strawberry Basil Limeade to take with us to a friends’ birthday party. It’s fairly quick to make, but a bit messy, but I’ve got a few clean-up tips so don’t worry. I made this blackberry limeade for summer get-togethers quite often last year and it is SO good, so I thought I would make a spring version with strawberry basil and it was a hit! It only takes a few ingredients: limes, strawberries, basil, sugar, and water. I picked up extra limes and I’m glad I did, a few of them were stingy with the juice! Some I was able to squeeze nearly 1/4 of a cup of juice whereas for a couple, I was lucky if I got a few drops!
- 2 cups strawberries, divided
- 8 cups water, divided
- 1¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (8-10 limes)
- 1 cup basil, divided
- 2 limes for garnish
- Wash the strawberries, then puree 1 cup strawberries with ⅓ cup basil in a blender with 1 cup of water.
- In a saucepan, combine the 1¼ cups of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat over medium until fully dissolved, about 12-15 minutes.
- While heating, juice your limes and slice your remaining cup of strawberries
- Then strain the pureed strawberry basil juice and fresh lime juice combine into a pitcher along with 6 cups of water.
- Add the sugar mixture and stir.
- Serve over ice, with extra basil leaves and sliced strawberries, and garnish with a lime wedge.
And I strained a lot of the pulp and seeds out before adding the lime and strawberry juice to the water, but you certainly don’t have to. It does add a bit of time to the recipe and can sometimes get messy, but it’s your choice! Even if you do strain the strawberry and lime juices, you’ll still end up with some strawberry seeds and bits of basil, but I thought it was pretty smooth. What wasn’t smooth was my hand when I was pouring, but luckily I had my Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges on hand to clean up the mess. My husband is Team Sponge when it comes to washing dishes, but I prefer to use sponges when mopping up sticky spills on the counter. As a food photographer, half of my job is cleaning up a dirty kitchen, but Scotch-Brite Brand sponges make it easy. I use the green Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges for baked-on messes on pots, pans, and oven racks and I use the blue Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge when I’m cleaning the countertops as well as non-stick cookware and the cooktop. We had previously almost scrubbed all of the little numbers off our stove-cook knobs before I switched to the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, so I’m happy we switched when we did and we can still somewhat figure out what setting we’re cooking on. You can also use the green Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges outside the kitchen like in the garage or outdoors! Same with the blue Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges which are great to use in bathrooms on tubs and shower tile or to clean windows!
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