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Purple Basil Lemonade

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 4 servings
In this recipe, basil is crushed with sugar to release the oils. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, process the basil, sugar, and about 1/4 cup of the water in a food processor or blender.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed purple basil leaves (about 1/4 ounce)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 4 purple basil sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 82
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.3 g
  • carbohydrate 21.6 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 5 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 4 cups water and juice in a large bowl. Place 1/2 cup basil and sugar in a mortar; pound with pestle until a paste forms. Add sugar mixture to juice mixture; stir until sugar dissolves. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Place 1 cup ice in each of 4 glasses. Pour about 1 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each serving with 1 basil sprig.