The Wicked Witch of the West has nothing on me. It's hot outside, and I'm melting without the benefit of a nice cool splash-down by Dorothy.
It's been so hot lately that every living thing in my garden looks sad and droopy. The only thing more droopy than my flowers is my dog. He looks entirely miserable, especially since I can't seem to get up early enough to walk him before you can cook an egg on the sidewalk. He's a hairy beast, and I don't think he's appreciating the fact that he looks like a teddy bear right about now.
I, on the other hand, have opposable thumbs and the ability to make myself a cold drink, unlike the hound who has taken to drinking out of puddles.This morning I saw him suspiciously eyeing the turtle's bathing dish.
However, the prospect of a cool drink means I'd have to actually get up off the couch under the baleful watch of my dog. I'm thinking it requires too much effort until I remember that this week I'm flush with wonderful lemons from my friend Julie and sitting in my refrigerator I have the best homemade lemonade just waiting to be poured.
It's one thing to pour yourself a cold drink, but it's another to feel cooler after your consumed your beverage. By combining fresh lemonade with some frozen berries and herbs you can create a decidedly different and refreshing summertime beverage guaranteed to cool you down. The herbs are the secret and you will definitely have a sensation of calm and cool when you enjoy this drink.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
1 batch of (or you can substitute your favorite prepared lemonade)
1 -2 cups frozen strawberries (depends how how "strawberry" you want your drink to taste)
1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chopped (must be fresh, dried won't work)
In a bowl muddle together frozen strawberries and basil. Let mixture sit for a few minutes. Place lemonade into an extra large pitcher. Add muddled strawberry/basil mixture, juice and all. Stir well and serve over ice. Garnish with a small basil leaf.