Buy strawberries at their seasonal peak and taste them--if they're very sweet, you may want to adjust the amount of sugar syrup you use to make this limeade.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup basil leaves
1 1/2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 12 limes)
5 cups lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
Basil leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool 30 minutes or until room temperature.
Strain basil mixture through a sieve into a large pitcher, discarding basil. Place strawberries and lime juice in a blender; process until smooth. Add strawberry mixture to basil mixture. Gently stir in sparkling water. Serve immediately over ice. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.
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