Sparkling Basil Lemonade


Recipe: Sparkling Basil Lemonade (serves one)

  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. basil lemon syrup
  • 4 1/2 oz. club soda
  • Lemon peel and basil leaf

Pour liquid ingredients into ice-filled glass and stir. Garnish with the lemon twist and basil leaf.

This is a yummy, fresh-tasting variant on the traditional lemonade. The basil lemon syrup recipe is shown below, and can be made a week ahead of time. For an alcoholic drink using this syrup, try the Basil Vodka Gimlet.

The basil lemon syrup. This delicious basil lemon syrup recipe is from

Ingredients (makes 2.5 cups or 20 oz., more than 13 drinks):

  • 1/4 lb. fresh basil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 (2″ by 1″) strips lemon peel

Remove stems from basil. Bring ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover pan and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Place covered pan in refrigerator for 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into container, discarding solids.

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