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'.
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.
Servings Makes 4 1/2 cups; about 4 servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories44Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.