Strawberry Basil Lemonade

February 12, 2023
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Photo by Lisa Steele
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 pitcher
Author Notes

Why make regular lemonade when you can add the savory/sweet combination of fresh strawberries and basil? —Lisa Steele

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced in half, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
  • lemon rinds
  1. Combine water, sugar, strawberries, basil and lemon rind in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for several minutes, then turn off the heat and let the liquid sit until completely cooled. Strain and set your simple syrup aside.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups cold water, lemon juice and simple syrup to taste - you might not need it all especially if the strawberries were nice and sweet and ripe.
  3. Pour into glasses with ice cubes and garnish with additional basil leaves and whole strawberries. Serve cold and refrigerate any leftovers.

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