Grown Up Lemonade Bar with Basil, Blackberry, and Ginger Simple Syrup

Today in France, we are packing our bags for the beach. Ben and I, along with my sister and brother-in-law are catching a 7 a.m. train to Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches, Ben’s one itinerary request for our entire four-week French escapade. I visited the beaches in college when I studied abroad in France, and it was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I’m eager to revisit this solemn place and see if, and how, it will touch me this time.

Having my sister here makes this experience even more special. She is one of my best friends, and I know that being able to relive memories with her later on will (at some point) make our journey seem more real.

Travels to France are certainly not our first foray into the unknown together. As soon as Elizabeth was old enough to see over the top of a card table, we opened our first lemonade stand. My dad insisted that we price ourselves below the neighborhood competition, and my mom (the ultimate hostess) found us an attractive pitcher for serving. Our lemonade business was destined for success.

To this day, lemonade is still one of my favorite drinks for a summer day, whether I am at the beach or hosting a party for a group of friends. Forget the fussy cocktails—one of my favorite ways to entertain in the summer is to set out a pitcher of freshly squeezed lemonade, along with a few different flavors of simple syrup and some “grown-up” mix-ins (ahem, vodka.) Guests go crazy over mixing their own custom lemonades, and I get to leisurely sip my own, instead of playing bartender!

Grown-Up Lemonade Bar with Basil, Blackberry, and Ginger Simple Syrup // Well-Plated

Grown Up Lemonade Bar with Basil, Blackberry, and Ginger Simple Syrup-Ingredients

A DIY Grown Up Lemonade Bar is ideal for entertaining, because all of the components can be prepped in advance. For my tips and tricks, the recipes for three fabulous simple syrups to mix with the lemonade (basil, blackberry, and ginger), and a star recipe for perfect fresh lemonade that will put the pink powder to shame, visit KitchenAid’s Blog, The Kitchenthusiast. This is my first guest post with KitchenAid, and I am beyond excited to be sharing it.

Basil, Blackberry, and Ginger Lemonade

How to make homemade lemonade and 3 types of simple syrup—blackberry, basil, and ginger—to flavor them.

Ingredients

For the Fresh Lemonade:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 cups water, — divided
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice — (5 to 8 lemons, depending on size)
  • Additional lemon slices — for garnish

For the Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup basil leaves

For the Ginger Simple Syrup:

  • 5 ounces fresh ginger root — (peel only if you would like to reuse the ginger)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Blackberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 1/2 pounds blackberries — (fresh or frozen, thawed if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basil, Blackberry, and Ginger Lemonade, Easy Drink Recipe

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