Before we head into the weekend, I wanted to give you one more summer recipe – basil lemonade. If you are like many Pinterest users, you pin a lot of stuff that you plan to make one day and never do. I am also guilty of pinning without abandon :) I have been going through a few of my pin boards to get some recipe ideas and I found this particular recipe for basil lemonade. Two of my favorite things about summer are fresh basil and a glass of lemonade…this drink merges those flavors together. It calls for 8 cups lemonade- I used store-bought, but you certainly could use homemade lemonade. Regardless, it is the perfect beverage to sip outside on a hot summer day.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
- 8 cups lemonade (store bought or homemade)
- 1 and ½ cups cold water
- To make the simple syrup, heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add sugar and water. Bring to a summer and cook (without stirring) until the sugar dissolves and the mixture slightly thickens. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Remove simple syrup from heat and add 1 cup basil leaves. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Strain out the basil and store the simple syrup in a container.
- Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil simple syrup into 8 glasses filled with ice, and add a cup of lemonade to each. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil.
Source: Adapted from Real Simple
Be sure to check out our Memorial Day Weekend recipe post for more summer menu ideas. Have a great holiday weekend!
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