The Perfect Bite :: Basil Lemonade

With spring practically here and warmer temps on the up and up (we’ve been seeing tan-inducing conditions in recent days!), I’ve been searching for a delicious way to stay hydrated.  Jess here, and today I’m happy to share the oh-so-satisfying results of my thirst-quenching quest! While I always love basil in the (predictable) pesto, Caprese salads, and pizza, I especially enjoy playing up its sweet side in a refreshing sip. This perfectly seasonal basil lemonade isn’t too tart or too sweet, and I have a feeling it’s going to make the perfect companion over the coming months. Keep reading for the recipe!

Basil Lemonade

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • water
  • ice

  1. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds. Then stir until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.
  2. Use muddler (is base of a wooden spoon) to muddle together lemon juice and basil leaves and infuse the juice with basil flavor.
  3. Add 2/3 cup of cold water and sugar syrup, to taste. Pour over ice and serve!

*Adapted from Love and Olive Oil.

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20 Responses to “The Perfect Bite :: Basil Lemonade”

  1. Camille Styles

    Can’t wait to try – I’ve actually made lemonade with mint, lemonade with thyme & lemonade with rosemary (spiked with vodka!) – but never basil!

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  2. Sarah

    Yummy! I’ll be making this soon!

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  3. Heather

    Yum!! I’m so excited for warmer weather here in LA. You have inspired me to branch out when it comes to refreshments!

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  4. Steven

    I love combining opposites to play off each other. This looks and sounds amazing! Thank you.

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  5. Cristiane

    I’m definitely going to try that recipe…parece muito bom!!!

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  6. Michelle

    YUM, I love drinking this – I also add lime and japaleno pepper slices for more of a kick, it’s the perfect spring-into-summer drink.

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  7. Lorena

    Mmm! Looks so refreshing! I will try…

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