Purple Basil Lemonade

Purple Basil Lemonade Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
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.


4 servings

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Nutritional 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


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


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.