Sparkling Bourbon + Basil Lemonade

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It's been the Summer of cocktails for me.  When my family came down to visit a couple of weekends ago they asked if I just liked to say the word "cocktail".  I then realized at any chance I was suggesting cocktails, if we should make cocktails, which cocktail sounded the craziest on the menu, and so on. I can only assume I talk about them so often because I really do love them.

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Robert's inspiration behind this concoction was the weird Summer weather. It cools off and heats back up within a couple of days and it's made the typical cravings different than usual. Last week as it crawled back into the 90's, lemonade finally seemed like a good idea. Shandy's have been in the usual rotation, with homemade ones being my personal preference (every time I try a bottled one the proportions seem off), and I was happy to try a lemonade cocktail sans beer. This is a strong one, and if you're feeling like it's a little too boozey for you I would just increase the amount of simple syrup.

 

Sparkling Bourbon + Basil Lemonade

makes 1 cocktail
2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz bourbon whiskey
sparkling water, or club soda
basil leaves

In a rocks glass over ice, combine lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon. Top with club soda or sparkling water and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Stir to combine.

download printable recipe here