With summer officially beginning tomorrow, I thought I'd share a lemonade recipe with you! Personally, I can't think of many other beverages that scream summer louder than lemonade, whether it's the typical Country Time lemonade, homemade, or spiked with a little vodka and mint (my personal favorite!). Or, you could try this Basil Lemonade recipe that Joe and I just tried a few days ago. We both really liked it, and I hope you do, too!
Basil Lemonade Recipe
- 2 cups Basil Lemonade syrup (see below)
- 2 cups cold water, or more to your liking
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
- Garnish: fresh basil sprigs; lemon slices
Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher, then pour into tall glasses half filled with ice.
- 4 cups packed fresh basil sprigs
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 9 (4"x1") strips of lemon zest
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let stand at room temperature, covered, 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Strain syrup through a sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on and then discarding the solids. Syrup keeps covered and chilled 5 days.
As always, make sure to come back next Tuesday! I have a makeup review planned that I think you're going to want to check out. It's a product that has since replaced a former love of mine, and when I say love, I mean that it's been a necessary product in my collection for years. I'll see you then!