Hard Jalapeño-Basil Limeade

Hard Jalapeño-Basil Limeade
First making an appearance in Egypt, we have been sipping on refreshing lemonade for thousands of years. Depending on what part of the world you live in, you will likely be familiar with either clear or cloudy lemonade. Here in the U.S., we are mostly familiar with the cloudy version.Years of substituting and swapping ingredients has provided us with an array of -ades. Orangeade, limeade, and cherry limeade represent a handful of citrusy blends now readily available for imbibing.

Digging through the chaos of our produce drawer, Warren questioned how many limes I thought we would need to make salsa. Begging the question, his only conclusion was how much I needed limeade on a sweltering Saturday in Tennessee.
His suspicion may have been a bit off target, and I may have never had a childhood lemonade stand, but something made me giddy as I watched him swirling up a limenado. Limeadeo?

A snappy bite of lime playfully mingles with a subtle basil-jalapeño simple syrup, resulting in a refresher for a balmy afternoon. When life gives you limes, make limeade. Hard Limeade.

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Hard Jalapeño-Basil Limeade
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Drink
Ingredients
The Drink
Limeade
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Drink
Ingredients
The Drink
Limeade
Instructions
The Drink
  1. Muddle basil and jalapeño in a cocktail shaker. Add white rum and a couple cubes of ice, shake, and pour into a highball or pint glass filled with ice. Top with chilled limeade, stir to combine, and garnish if desired.
Limeade
  1. Combine the first three ingredients and one cup of the water in a saucepan. Cook over low heat (2 on an electric stove) until all sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Over a large pitcher, strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve or colander, discarding basil and jalapeño. To the pitcher, add freshly squeezed lime juice and remaining five cups of water. Stir to combine and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

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