Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade Recipe
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo

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Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 148
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Fat 0 g
Satfat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugars 13 g
Protein 1 g


1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
8 cups lemonade


In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add the basil, and let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids. Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining syrup for up to 2 weeks.)

Tip: You can add a splash of basil-infused syrup to any summery drink, whether ginger ale, iced tea, mineral water, or sparkling wine (such as Prosecco).

Kate Merker,

Real Simple

August 2006
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