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Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade

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  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
  • 8 cups Lemonade
  • 1 1⁄2 cups Cold water


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1⁄2 cups cold water to a simmer.
  2. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add the basil and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.
  5. Add 2-3 tsps syrup into each cup of lemonade and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs.


Submitted by Real Simple Magazine