Say that three times fast. Okay, so the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But I highly recommend that you go buy some lemons, basil, and a jalapeno (I'm assuming you have prosecco already in your fridge, right? Yeah, I thought so), because this little beverage is going to help you ease into a lovely summer Friday evening. If I had a screened-in porch with a swing, I'd be sitting on it right now sipping on some of these.
Basically we just spiked some lemonade. A classic summer past-time if ever there was one. But it was basil lemonade garnished with jalapenos! And we spiked with it prosecco, that effervescent happiness-in-a-bottle that brings a smile with each little bubble. Okay, so maybe I don't have a screened-in porch, but I've been sipping on these anyway and I'm feeling pretty bubbly. The recipe calls for basil simple syrup (in case you haven't noticed, we're big fans of simple syrups over here - like this and this) and fresh lemon juice. I'm sure someone like Martha Stewart would tisk at me for saying this, but if you use bottled 100% lemon juice instead of squeezing your own lemons, I certainly won't judge.
We adapted our recipe from this lemonade in Better Homes and Gardens. When I saw the jalapenos floating in that punch bowl, I knew it was for me - I just love the bite of spice that peppers add to cocktails. One of my favorite restaurants, Rye, in Brooklyn, used to have a tequila cocktail on their menu called The Retox, with tequila, maple syrup, lime juice, and muddled jalapenos. It was pretty much cocktail perfection. This beverage is like the Retox's more laid-back older sister. But it also makes me think that this tart-sweet-spicy lemonade could be the perfect foundation for other more wild cocktails, too, with tequila or gin. She could really let her hair down! But for today, we're keeping it laid-back and simple. And spicy. And spiked. And sparkling. Like I said.