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Berry Basil Lemonade

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Jose Salazar gives a cheers to this citrus pick-me-up that will enliven your glass all summer long. “We used to have a cocktail on our menu that had [berry] ice cubes in it,” says Salazar. “My son came in for lunch one day, and he loves lemonade so he asked for one. … [The bartender] shook the lemonade up with the cubes, and that is how we started serving it.”

Berry Basil Lemonade
Recipe courtesy of Salazar 

1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.75 ounces citrus syrup
1.5 ounces basil simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/4 cup blackberries, blueberries or raspberries
4 ounces soda water

Muddle berries in bottom of shaker. Fill shaker with ice, combine ingredients and shake. Strain into glass over ice, and top with soda water. Garnish with basil leaf.

Basil Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool. Blanch basil leaves in lightly salted boiling water for about 2 minutes. Shock the basil in ice water. Place the syrup and basil in a blender and blend until smooth.