Basil Limeade

Serves 4-6

Basil Limeade

By Camille Styles


  • 8 limes
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 bunch fresh basil


  1. Slice two of the limes into half-circles and set aside.
  2. Roll the remaining six limes back and forth over the counter with the palm of your hand. Cut limes in half, and juice them by hand or with a juicer into a pitcher.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and add honey. Once fully combined, pour syrup into the pitcher, and add 4 cups water. Stir until well blended. Add more honey, if desired.
  4. Add sliced lime and fresh basil to the pitcher, then refrigerate 1 hour. Serve gold, garnished with fresh basil and a cucumber spear.

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    Desi / My Lovely Hook April 5, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Sounds delicious! I’ll give it a try 😉
    Desi |

  2. 2
    Emily @ Delta Chic April 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    This looks awesome! I will have to make this for an upcoming party at our home!


  3. 3
    Kelly April 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This I got to try. I have the ingredients. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 4
    Eva April 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Looks tasty!

    Thank you!

  5. 5
    Bri August 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I don’t know…I made this and there was something just really weird about it (I went back through recipe as well and I did everything right). It’s too limey…reminded me and all who tried it of kitchen cleaner.

    • Mannich August 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Reduce basil and switch it out for the honey when heating the water. In my opinion, straight honey limeade is better anyway. Let me know if you want the recipe.

  6. 6
    Mannich August 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I make dozens of gallons of lemonade and limeade each summer so i decided to give this a try. I’ve tried this with a few variants and here is what I’ve found.

    Fresh basil gives it that cleaner-esque taste, while using less basil and heating it (basil tea, if you will) gives it a decent herbal hint, albeit with an aroma of bad absinthe. Best method found is switching the basil out for the honey in the boiling water; only use a few leaves. Omit the cucumber.

    Pro tips for sweetening lemon and limeade:
    Boiling water with sugar serves two purposes – it dissolves the sugar quickly and turns it into invert sugar (fructose and glucose). This “smooths out” the sweetness and arguably allows one to use less sugar. Honey, on the other hand, is better used without heating, which would destroy some of its desirable benefits/properties.



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