My first experience with this delicious combination was a few years ago. I took one sip and was instantly obsessed. I searched Pinterest for similar recipes and then concocted a combination of those that worked for our house. Our eight year old LOVES making (and drinking) this summer treat! You could add other things to make this an adult libation or add sparking water to make it a little fancier, if you like. We like to drink it over ice sitting on the back deck while watching fireflies.
- 20-25 basil leaves
- 4-5 Tb sugar
- 5-6 lemons
Muddle the basil with the sugar. We usually do 5 to 6 leaves of basil with one Tablespoon of sugar with our mortar and pestle. The kiddo *LOVES* to do that part himself, and I usually follow up as necessary. Dump the muddled leaves and sugar into the bottom of a gallon-sized pitcher or jar. Juice your lemons and add the juice to the basil and sugar mixture. (Tip: microwaving the lemons for 10 to 15 seconds and then rolling them on the counter can maximize your juice extraction!)
Mix in 1 to 2 cups of hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add a mixture of ice and cold water until the lemonade reaches the dilution you prefer. You may serve immediately or let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to strengthen the basil flavor. Strain out the basil leaves. Serve over ice and enjoy!