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Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Serving 8–10

Strawberry-Basil Syrup:

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced . inch thick

¾  cup tightly packed basil leaves

Lemonade:

8 cups cold water

2 cups lemon juice, chilled

Ice

Garnish:

½ pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced . inch thick

¼ cup tightly packed, blemish-free basil leaves

For the syrup:

Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Add the strawberries; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, add the basil leaves and stir to incorporate. Cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl; discard the solids. Cover the syrup and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the lemonade:

Pour the water, lemon juice and 1. cups of the strawberry-basil syrup into a 3-quart pitcher or punch bowl and stir to combine. Taste and add additional strawberry-basil syrup as needed. Add ice and garnish with the sliced strawberries and basil leaves.

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Nojito

Serving 1

1 dozen small, fresh mint leaves (spearmint if available)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 lime, ½ juiced and ½ sliced

1 cup club soda or lemon-lime soda 1 cup crushed ice Add mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to the bottom of a glass. Press together using a muddler or small wooden spoon. Add soda and ice. Stir. Garnish with lime wedges and extra mint leaves.  For a Mojito: Add 1 ounce rum and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.

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Cucumber Lemonade

Serving 18–20

8 ounces freshly squeezed Meyer lemons

6 ounces natural milled organic sugar or sweetener of your choice

1 ½ gallons water

1 organic cucumber

Mix lemon juice, sugar and water. Wash, peel, seed and dice cucumber. Pour 2 cups of liquid mixture into blender and add cucumber. Blend until smooth. Pour into remaining lemonade and stir to incorporate. Pour over ice and serve.  For a cocktail: Pour 6 ounces cucumber lemonade into a drink shaker with ice and . ounces of vodka.  Mix slowly, gently swirling mixture. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

From Pepe’s Bistro: Located above Against the Wall Gallery at 6220 Havelock in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Pepe’s Bistro serves vegan and vegetarian food prepared using fresh, local and organic ingredients. www.PepesBistro.wordpress.com

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