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Homemade Strawberry Basil Lemonade

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey

For the Strawberry Puree

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water

Other

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil + 2 tablespoons water (muddled) + more basil for serving

Instructions

  1. First, make your simple syrup by placing honey and water into a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring consistently.
  3. When syrup has reduced and thickened, remove from heat, pour into a jar, and place in the fridge to cool.
  4. Next, place strawberries and water into a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour over a sieve and use a spoon to press the puree through the holes separating the seeds from the puree. Set aside.
  5. Place 1/4 cup of basil in a glass and add 2 tablespoons of water. Muddle basil using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. This will help release the flavor.
  6. In a large pitcher, mix together lemon juice, water, basil, and strawberry puree. Add in honey simple syrup and combine.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until chilled. Serve over ice.

Notes

If you’re feeling sassy, you can spike your lemonade and add an ounce of vodka per cup. Shhhh.