This is Amy + Michelle

This is Amy + Michelle

This A.M.

Amy and Michelle became instant friends because of the common interests they share in their love of fashion, food, music and traveling. In This A.M. Amy and Michelle will share recipes, thoughts on eats, their unique fashion style and lifestyles from Toronto to Tampa...... 1,098 miles apart!

Friday, August 31, 2012


This A.M. get ready for the weekend and stock up your refrigerator with this purple basil iced tea lemonade.  This delicious concoction will have you drinking to your hearts content!
Purple basil, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine is also known for various other herbal uses. It is a traditional remedy that has been used in various cultures for hundreds of years for many uses besides cooking. Apparently, it can calm the stomach, reduce stress and help level out blood sugar.  For more reasons to use basil visit


Ready poured glasses chilling before guests arrive!

Mixing all the ingredients
Use a strainer and pour contents into a pitcher
My homemade version of a mortar and pestle- Granny Taylor's Apple Sauce thingy!
Purple Baze
(Purple Basil Iced Tea Lemonade)

4 cups of home brewed green tea
1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh)
1/2 cup purple basil leaves
6 tbsps sugar
4 cups ice
4 sprigs basil (purple)
(Add vodka or rum for adults!)


Combine tea and juice in a large bowl.
Place 1/2 cup basil and sugar in a mortar; pound with pestle until a paste forms.
Add sugar mixture into juice mixture; stir until sugar dissolves.
Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
Place 1 cup of ice in each of 4 glasses.
Pour about 1 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each serving with 1 basil sprig.

Have a great weekend!

Ames xox

For more basil recipes, try:

Purple Basil Pesto Pizza Pie
Thai Basil Chicken
Venetian Shrimp and Scallops
Mackers' Meatballs
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This A.M.: Avocado Stuffed Grilled Cheese
This A.M.: That's Amore - Part 3: Frittata
This A.M.: Ames' Oka-Roquette Shitake Burger
This A.M.: Girls Night-(Love Potion)

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