A few years ago, I ordered a limoncello cocktail at a Naples style pizza restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, called Pizzeria Locale. It was one of the best, if not the best cocktail that I have ever had the pleasure of sipping. It combined prosecco with limoncello and a sprig of sweet, sweet basil. I was in sweet, sweet heaven. So below is our daytime rendition (sans alcohol) aka The Lemonade Locale.
- 4 lemons, plus more for garnish
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 ½ cups water
- fresh basil, a few sprigs
- ginger ale
- Squeeze the juice of 4 lemons and strain to remove the seeds and excess pulp. Set aside.
- Mix together ¾ cup sugar with 1 cup hot water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the remaining 2 ½ cups water, the lemon juice, and several ice cubes.
- In each glass pour the lemonade, a splash of ginger ale, and add a sprig of fresh basil.
This serves 4 to 5 people, so be sure to double it for a larger group. You can also add lemon slices to the pitcher or individual glasses. Also, the fresher the basil, the better. The idea is to have super fresh basil (perhaps picked from your own garden if you have one) so that it is so fresh that as you sip on the drink you smell the basil. The combination of the citrusy lemonade and the smell of the sweet basil is out of this world!