I’m so excited to have our friends from Southern Living jumping over to visit with us again today! Be sure to click over to my post there to read about how Jack said the word lemonade when he was little. 🙂
This recipe is seriously so easy and only calls for 4 ingredients. The hardest parts are juicing the lemons and muddling the basil and sugar together. And though there’s some effort involved in juicing 6 to 8 lemons, it’s absolutely worth it.
If you love lemonade and the fresh taste of basil, I bet you’re going to love this incredibly refreshing combo. It’s my absolute favorite summer time drink. And just so you know, this recipe makes some mean lemonade even without the basil… if that’s more your speed. Y’all enjoy!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
- 6 cups water divided
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 6 to 8 lemons
- In a medium sauce pan, muddle the sugar and basil together with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cups of water and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the basil to steep in the syrup until cool. Once cool strain the simple syrup into a pitcher. Add 4 cups of water and the lemon juice. Stir well. Serve over ice with a garnish of basil and lemon.