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Basil Lemonade

Even in a world of fancy sodas and gourmet iced teas, homemade lemonade will always be a treat. This version gets infused with fresh basil, but you could also use mint, or lesser amounts of rosemary, sage, or thyme. The basil syrup will keep for up to a month in the fridge, so you may want to double the recipe and use the extra to sweeten iced tea or spring cocktails.



Ingredient Line: 
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed, plus 6 basil sprigs for garnish
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¾ cup sugar
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1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)


1. Bring basil leaves, sugar, and 2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar and bruise basil leaves. Simmer 5 minutes without stirring. Strain, pressing on basil to remove liquid. Cool. 2. Pour 2 cups basil syrup into large pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and 4 cups water. Transfer to refrigerator, and chill well. Serve over ice, garnished with basil sprigs.

Nutrition Information: 

<1 g
Total Fat: 
<1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
28 g
0 mg
<1 mg
<1 g
26 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Waaaaay toooooo much sugar-26 grams a serving

Sounds great! will try today!

For a once in a while treat, the sugar in a glass of the drink is manageable. I made it last night and found it very refreshing. I had some lemondae left over and made small ice cubes. I will definitely add a cube or two in iced tea or a lemonade or even a lemonade based cocktail.


This sounds good

Delicioussss :))

they suggest making ice cubes with the rest of the infusion...

Ooooh, this sounds soooo good and refreshing! I have plenty of basil in the garden, and lemons in the fridge. I like my lemonade really tart, so I'll try adding less sugar than the recipe calls for, and go from there. Ann Marie's idea of making it into ice cubes and adding it to ice tea is a great idea!

Substitute stevia for the sugar


Hi, I would like to add some extra dry ingredients like salt, black pepper powder, cumin powder. Can you please suggest that at which step should I add these ingredients. Thanks