Easy Homemade Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe
Looking for a little something different for a delicious mocktail for your DD’s. Give this easy homemade strawberry basil lemonade a try. So refreshing.
Easy Homemade Strawberry Basil Lemonade
I love strawberry lemonade, but when I'm looking for something different I love to add basil for a little more sophisticated flavor. This makes a great mocktail for your designated drivers and a great mixer for vodka.
- 1 cup lemon juice Approx. 6 lemons
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 to 6 cups cold water
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
Juice the lemons, you will want about 1 cup of lemon juice. Strain the juice if you prefer pulp-free lemonade.
Prepare simple syrup using 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. ** If you need to make this quickly or just don't want to wait for the syrup to cool combine the water and sugar in a container with a lid and shake vigorously until sugar has dissolved.
Combine lemon juice and simple syrup and allow the lemon and sugar combination to cool.
**Adjust the proportions of lemon juice to simple syrup to change the sweetness or tartness of the lemonade to suit your preference.
Cut strawberries into quarters and place in a food processor with basil and 1/4 cup lemon simple syrup and puree until smooth.
Add 4 cups of cold water to the pitcher, mix well
Taste lemonade and add more water until you reach the desired sweet-tart balance.
Place strawberry basil puree in a large pitcher.
Add 4 cups of cold water and the remaining lemon simple syrup. Add more cold water as desired.
Serve over ice.
Sit Back and Enjoy!
This also makes a great cocktail, add a little vodka for a grown-up lemonade.
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