In keeping with the theme of posting recipes that use ingredients out of my garden (the cilantro in that fruit salad was homegrown) I am making basil lemonade to help use up the large amount of basil that has sprung up. I love that you can use basil in both sweet and savory ways. I am also grilling some pizzas this afternoon that will have a handful of fresh basil on them. Yummy!
adapted from Giada’s Italian Lemonade
- 2 cups lemon juice
- 1 bunch basil leaves
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups water, divided
What you do:
Place basil leaves, sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove basil leaves. In a pitcher combine simple syrup (the sugar water you just heated up), lemon juice, and 2 cups cold water. Serve over ice.
Enjoy! Preferably while sitting in your favorite lawn chair with a good book.