Basil Lemonade

basil lemonade 1

Makes 1 pint glass full

1 bunch basil, cleaned & stemmed
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 cups lemon juice, freshly-squeezed (from a dozen or so lemons)
2 cups sparkling water


Combine basil, sugar, and water in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and strain.

Mix lemon juice and water together in a pitcher. Add basil simple syrup to taste. Correct the tartness with additional lemon juice or simple syrup as needed. Pour over ice filled glasses and garnish with a pretty lemon twist if you’d like.

Extra basil simple syrup may stored in the refrigerator — it is lovely for all kinds of summer drinks.

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    Aeva June 27, 2014, 11:24 am

    Sounds great! But what’s Basil simple syrup? It’s not listed in the ingredients.

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      Monika June 27, 2014, 10:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment! Basil Simple syrup is essentially what you have made in the paragraph above. It is basil boiled with sugar and strained. Flavored simple syrups are AWESOME and fun to make…please go here to learn more: Hope this helps! Monika

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      Brian June 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

      simple syrup is = sugar mixed with water


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