Monday, August 4, 2014

Fresh Basil Lemonade

You're probably thinking one of two things, 'that sounds amazing' or 'yuck'. I promise you, I would not be posting this if it wasn't the most refreshing drink of the summer! Just as well, it's always a plus when you find use for something from your garden. We are overwhelmed with basil this year and this was just the recipe we needed to make use of it.

Basil Lemonade Recipe: 

  • 2 Cups Basil Lemon Syrup (will tell you how to make this below)
  • 2 Cups Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • 5 Lemons

As I said above, you first need to make the Basil Lemon Syrup. This consists of:
  • 4 sprigs of fresh Basil
  • 2 lemon zests (this is the lemon peel
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water

Let all of this come to a boil for about 30 minutes. You will see the basil start to sort of deflate, thats a good sign. Once this has cooked, take off the stove and bring to room temperature. In the meantime you can prepare your lemons. I use 5 squeezed lemons. Since you brought the syrup to a boil we won't need to add sugar to the lemon juice. Add 2 cups of water to your lemon mixture. When the syrup is room temperature, add 2 cups into your lemonade. Store the rest in a mason jar in the fridge. This will keep for 5 days. You now have delicious, refreshing Basil Lemonade. Please comment if you try this!

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