James Carrier
YieldsMakes 4 1/2 cups; about 4 servings
Add flavor, color, and fragrance to this summer-inspired lemonade drink by choosing different varieties of basil - such as 'African Blue', 'Cinnamon', or 'Pesto Perpetuo'. 

How to Make It

1

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart glass measure or bowl, combine basil leaves (see notes) and sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush leaves with sugar until thoroughly bruised. Add water and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour through a fine strainer into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup rinsed, lightly packed fresh basil leaves
 3 tablespoons sugar
 4 cups water
 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  sprigs of fresh basil

Directions

1

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart glass measure or bowl, combine basil leaves (see notes) and sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush leaves with sugar until thoroughly bruised. Add water and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour through a fine strainer into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.

Basil Lemonade