I am a huge fan of Susan Branch. If you don’t know who she is, you need to check out her website. If anyone knows how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, it’s her! She’s all about dreaming big and savoring all the gifts of everyday life. I’ve been a fan of Susan Branch since I started receiving her calendars as Christmas presents. Every year since we were in about middle school, my mom has bought me and my sisters a new calendar for Christmas. Was I was younger, I would get a horse or kitten calendar, but since around college, I’ve been getting the Susan Branch calendar. It’s full of cute hand-illustrated pictures, quotes, recipes, favorite things, and of course, simple pleasures! Susan is an amazingly talented artist, crafter, writer, and chef extraordinaire! Every month I’m excited to flip over the page to see what cute things are in store….these calendars are so beautiful, I don’t want to throw them away at the end of the year!
I’m also on Susan Branch’s email list. She sends out updates about her online store, her travels, her books, new recipes, etc. This woman knows how to squeeze every little bit of fun, beauty, and joy out of life! I love it!
In her most recent email, Susan included a recipe for Basil Limeade. Let me tell you, after seeing how excited she was to share this quick and easy recipe, I whipped up a batch immediately, and I’m in love! If you’re looking for a sweet, tart, refreshing, delightful summer beverage, you must try it!
This makes 1 1/2 quarts. You’ll need:
1/2 c. sugar + 1 c. water
4 whole fresh basil leaves
4 limes, quartered
1/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
fresh basil or mint for garnish
2 + 2 cups water (divided)
Put sugar and 1 cup water in small saucepan, bring to rolling boil. Remove from heat, stir in basil leaves, and chill. When it’s cold, pour the syrup into a blender; add quartered limes, condensed milk, and 2 c. cold water. Blend for a few (maybe four) seconds on high, just until limes are roughly chopped. Strain into pitcher. Put 2 more cups of cold water into blender, and then pour through strainer into pitcher, to get the rest of the juices from the limes. Serve over crushed ice, garnished with fresh basil spring or fresh mint. Makes 6 cups (1 1/2 qts.) Enjoy!