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Basil Lemonade

Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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).