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Basil Lemonade

Real Simple AUGUST 2006

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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).

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 148
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Carbohydrate: 38g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 13g
  • Protein: 1g
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