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Basil Lemonade

Makes 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'. 

Basil Lemonade

James Carrier
 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

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.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 4 1/2 cups; about 4 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 44Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 0.4mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 0.1g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.