Refreshing lemonade sweetened with a mixed berry and basil simple syrup. Can be made with or without bourbon.
What is the most awkward parenting moment you have had so far? I look back on my childhood and I can count a few really awkward moments that I wish I could burn from my memory. Pretty much any mention of sex was an experience I wish I did not have to live through with my parents.
Now that my kids are getting a bit older and more curious, there have been some really strange and awkward moments that I have a hard time not nervously laughing through. Like the time I brought my 4 year old into a public ladies room because I just had to go. I can't leave him out there...so in the stall he comes with me. He asks in his loud high pitch voice that everyone in the bathroom could hear perhaps everyone in the 5 mile radius could hear (Chase needs to work on his indoor voice) "MOM WHY DO GIRLS PEE OUT OF THEIR BUTTS?? WHERE DID YOUR PEEPEE GO? MINE IS BIGGER...." And he keeps rattling off. My boy loves to talk. I quietly hush him over and over, but because he is so loud I don't think he can even hear me over his own words. Finally I snap. "CHASE, we'll talk about it later!" Jeez just let me pee in peace!
Then the other day we are listing to music and Bruno Mars comes on the, my six year old son sings at the top of his lungs along with the music. "Your sex takes me to paradise......." Awkward parenting moment!
When those awkward moments wear me down, I need a shot of something in my drink. These kids I tell ya. What better way to kick back after they have gone to bed than some spiked Berry Basil Lemonade.
Berry Basil Hard Lemonade
The juice of 5-7 lemons
4-5 cups ice water
For the syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of fresh or frozen mixed berries
5-7 fresh basil leaves
1 oz bourbon per adult serving (optional)
Club soda for topping off (optional)
In a large pitcher mix lemons and cold water together. Place in the refrigerator until the syrup is ready.
To prepare the blueberry basil syrup, add all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Give it a small stir, and allow mixture to simmer for approximately 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Pour through a large sieve discarding the berries and basil. Place syrup in a heat proof glass container and cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Mix your berry syrup with your lemon mixture about 1 oz at a time until it is sweetened to your likings. Add additional water if needed to dilute.
To serve pour over a glass of ice. Add 1 oz of bourbon for the adults and top off with club soda. Garnish with additional lemon slices, fresh berries, or fresh basil leaves.
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