Basil Lemonade


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing (e.g. sweet dani or mint basil)
  • 8 cups lemonade
  • 1 1⁄2 cups cold water


  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1⁄2 cups cold water to a simmer.
  • Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add the basil, and let cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.


*Submitted by Real Simple Magazine

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