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Grilled Citrus Spiked Lemonade

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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6 lemons, halved

2 limes, halved 

2 navel oranges, halved

1 1/2 cups plus 1/4 cup sugar 

Kosher salt 

8 small basil leaves 

1 to 2 cups vodka, optional


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine the lemons, limes and oranges in a medium bowl and toss with 1/4 cup of the sugar to coat. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt.
  3. Place the fruit, cut-side down, on the grill; cook until dark brown grill marks appear, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove to a plate and let cool. Cut 2 lemon halves into slices and set aside for garnish.
  4. Combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar with 2 cups water in a saucepot over medium heat. Cook until the sugar is fully melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. Pour the sugar syrup into a pitcher and add the basil leaves. Juice the grilled citrus through a strainer into the pitcher. Add vodka to taste, if using. Stir, add ice, and garnish with the reserved lemon slices. Serve cold.

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