This Strawberry Basil Lemonade is bright and flavorful and SO refreshing! And honestly, is there anything more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? The combination of sweet strawberries, tart lemons, and fresh basil is incredible. I promise you’ll be a believer!
Where does the basil flavor come from?
Umm, does this seem a little too obvious? Basil, duh. Okay but kind of not. We actually use a basil simple syrup in this recipe to add the sweetness and basil flavor to the lemonade. The simple syrup is SO easy, it honestly only takes about 5 minutes to make, so don’t think this recipe is overly complicated!
A simple syrup is made using equal parts of sugar and water, and in this case has fresh basil infused in it. It is CRAZY GOOD! Seriously, you’re going to want to add this basil syrup to sodas, cocktails, or drizzle it on fresh fruit or sorbet! Get our basil simple syrup here!
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How to Shortcut this Recipe:
I’ll be honest, I don’t usually don’t make homemade lemonade. I typically reserve homemade lemonade for special occasions, but boy is it GOOD! BUT, if you’re not feeling quite up to juicing a whole bunch a lemons today, feel free to swap the homemade lemonade here for your favorite bottled, powdered, or concentrated lemonade. Just know, you may have to adjust your water amount to account for the sweetness added by the basil simple syrup.
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Strawberry Basil Lemonade
- 6 lemons juiced
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- ¼ cup basil simple syrup
- 2 cups strawberry halves
- Take washed and stemmed strawberry halves mash them with a whisk until there are little to no chunks (or if you want speed up the process, throw them in a blender). Add your strawberry puree and basil simple syrup (feel free to add more basil syrup if you want a stronger basil flavor!) to the bottom of a large pitcher.
- Pour water, sugar, and lemon juice into pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with sliced lemons and refrigerate until chilled.
originally posted August 13, 2018