nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 107
  • Protein: <1 g
  • Total Fat: <1 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: <1 mg
  • Fiber: <1 g
  • Sugar: 26 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

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.
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed, plus 6 basil sprigs for garnish
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 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.

April/May 2012 p.54

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comments

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!

Liliana - 2013-08-30 16:43:51

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

nirgrantha - 2013-07-31 01:28:40

Delicioussss :))

ara vercher - 2013-07-17 11:09:16

This sounds good

Bryan - 2013-06-03 19:32:06

Thisnisngood

Stella - 2013-05-08 01:07:29

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.

Ann Marie - 2013-04-15 18:42:36

Sounds great! will try today!

cheryl - 2013-04-13 17:48:34

Waaaaay toooooo much sugar-26 grams a serving

susan baggott - 2013-04-13 03:44:54