Raspberry Basil Lemonade is an easy recipe that’s bursting with the summertime flavors of lemonade, fresh raspberries, fragrant basil leaves and a splash of vodka! A refreshing drink, with or without the vodka, for happy hour on a warm summer evening, picnic or barbecue!
If it’s Friday….and it’s summer….. it must be time for Swirls’ Happy Hour! I’m a fan of a cool refreshing beverage on a hot summer evening. Actually, who isn’t? While strolling through my farmer’s market this week I became inspired!
I was drawn to the beautiful bright red color of sweet juicy raspberries and the flavorful scent of lush basil and just couldn’t resist! My mind went right to Happy Hour……a jigger of vodka and a cold refreshing splash of lemonade……seasoned with my newly purchased raspberries and basil. Raspberry Basil Lemonade…..I’m puckering already! Cheers!
Personally, I will be drinking my lemonade right through the summer in my new favorite pitcher and glasses set! I also love love love these gorgeous stemless wine glasses that making sipping on your favorite beverage feel like a special occasion every time!
I love serving a lemonade pitcher recipe that will serve a crowd at my summer get together and Raspberry Basil Lemonade punch is a perfect fit for that.
What can I substitute for vodka in a punch recipe?
Prefer your lemonade punch without the vodka? No worries. You can substitute any of the following in place of the vodka:
- raspberry lemonade
- lemon lime soda
- raspberry flavored soda
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- fresh raspberries
- fresh basil
- ice cubes
- raspberry vodka
Summer Drink Recipes
If you’re loving our Raspberry Basil Lemonade recipe then be sure to try these summer drinks recipes too! You’ll be happy you did!
Berry Pink Lemonade Prosecco Punch is flavored with puckering raspberry lemonade and bubbly Prosecco and topped off with the sweet bursts of fresh berries and is as pretty as it is delicious!
The tropical flavors of coconut, pineapple and lime blend together beautifully with rum for the Caribbean Sunset Cocktail , an island inspired cocktail.
By adding fresh pineapple and pineapple rum to the classic mojito you’ve gone tropical with a refreshing Pineapple Mojito Punch! Trust me, you’re going to love serving all these tasty cocktails at your happy hours this summer!
Raspberry Basil Lemonade is bursting with the summertime flavors of lemonade, fresh raspberries, fragrant basil leaves and a splash of vodka! An easy recipe for happy hour on a warm summer evening, picnic or barbecue!
- 2 lemons, sliced, divided
- 1 cup fresh raspberries, divided
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- ice cubes
- 5 cups lemonade
- 1 cup raspberry vodka *
In bowl combine slices from 1 lemon, 1/2 cup raspberries, basil leaves and sugar. Using end of wooden spoon, muddle together until fragrant and juices begin to appear.
Transfer mixture to pitcher with ice cubes. Add lemonade, vodka, remaining lemon slices and raspberries. Serve with straws.
Makes 6 cups.
*Prefer your lemonade without alcohol? Just substitute 1 cup additional lemonade or raspberry flavored lemonade for the raspberry vodka!