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Basil Lemonade

  • 20 m
  • 20 m
Sylvia Fountaine
“Basil and lemon pair beautifully in this refreshing summer sipper, sweetened with a touch of honey. Make ahead and allow the mixture to infuse for 30 minutes to 1 hour before straining for a stronger basil flavor.”


    • 1¼ cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons), plus lemon slices for garnish
    • ½ cup honey or agave syrup
    • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
    • 3 cups cold water
    • Ice cubes


  • 1 Place lemon juice, honey (or agave) and basil in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pass through a strainer into a pitcher or large jar. Add water and chill until ready to serve.
  • 2 Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices and basil leaves.
  • To make ahead: Prepare through Step 1 and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
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