I spent a good few hours in the backyard this week, sweeping up the leftovers from fall and winter - getting ready for the few glorious weeks when the weather is warm enough to hang outside, but the mosquitos haven't hatched yet...I am a mosquito magnet and our backyard seems to be a hotbed of bug action in the warm months which makes it a not so fun place to hang.
For whatever reason we couldn't seem to get ourselves together enough to host people out back last year, but I am determined to host a few get togethers in the coming weeks. That means lots of good reasons to try delicious new recipes - and big batch cocktails. I love a sparkling sipper and this refreshing drink from Lily's new cookbook caught my eye immediately as I flipped through. Now, this recipe isn't a cocktail as written, but I could see a heavy pour of gin fitting in quite nicely with these tasting ingredients.
Lily's new book is broken down into 12 chapters that each highlight a flower or herb in fresh and delicious recipes including lots beauty products like masks, body scrubs, and the like but it is also so much more than just a cookbook. Lily writes about life, love, hurt, and heartbreak in such a painfully honest and vulnerable way it is a truly unique release in this busy Spring season.
Sparkling Cucumber Basil Lemonade
Recipe courtesy of the Kale & Caramel Cookbook
I subbed in limes for lemons because I was out of the yellow guys and I highly recommend it if you find yourself lemonless like me.
3-inch length of cucumber, chilled and coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup), plus some extra slices for garnish
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon slices for garnish (or lime!)
1/4 cup still water
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
3/4 cup sparking water, or more to taste
Add the chopped cucumber to a blender or food processor with the basil, lemon juice, still water, and honey. Blend until smooth, then distribute evenly between two glasses.
Add the sparkling water, agin splitting evenly between the glasses. Drop in a few ice cubes, and garnish with cucumber slices, lemon slices, and basil as desired.