National Lemonade Day | Basil Lemonade
Welcome to National Lemonade Day! Let me tell you: Lemonade during the summer is all you need. Love? Nah. Lemonade? YES.
It’s been a scorching summer, with many a day with a heat index over 100 degrees. August is particularly brutal, and any chance I have to have an iced beverage, I’ll take it. The wall of heat and humidity has got nothing on my love of lemonade. Lemonade battles heat…and wins.
Here is a cool Basil Lemonade recipe I conjured up for National Water Day on March 22. I made it again today, but used the old photos because I made this lemonade and forgot it was National Lemonade Day and I needed to post a recipe. Whoopsies.
I loved the combination of lemonade and basil. Basil, with a sweet taste of its own, adds more than you’d expect in your lemonade. Plus, the green leaves just make the drink look prettier. 🙂
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups cold water
- 2 cups sparkling water
- In a saucepan, combine basil, 2 cups sugar, and 1 cup water, simmering for about 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Cool, remove the basil leaves and set aside.
- In a pitcher, mix lemon juice, 3 cups cold water, and 2 cups sparkling water together. Stir in the basil simple syrup mixture. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Add more cold water or sparkling water as needed to fill the pitcher.
Tomorrow: National Pecan Torte Day