Monday, April 7, 2014

Basil Lemonade

A little bit of a lemon theme this week, as I received lots of fat, juicy lemons fresh off Donna's tree. Thank you Donna!

Summer is coming, remember those hot, sunny days, that include picnics and barbecues and outdoor sports; thirsty days!

We love lemonade but decided to try basil lemonade and it was a hit. This summer I am also going to try rosemary and also a lavender lemonade. Additional fruit, especially berries would also bring another sweetness and flavor. Let me know what you have tried.
Basil Lemonade

Basil Syrup
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
In a small saucepan "muddle" basil leaves and sugar together. Add water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Let stand at room temperature for an hour to steep.
Strain syrup through sieve, pressing on basil to get all the syrup. Discard basil leaves.

2 cups basil syrup
2 cups cold water
2 cups ice cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

In a large pitcher mix basil syrup, water, ice and lemon juice. Stir well, check for sweetness, adding more syrup or lemon juice as desired.
Garnish with fresh basil and lemon slices.

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