Lighten up your homemade lemonade with a honey simple syrup, then flavor it with fresh strawberry puree and muddled basil!
Can I get a HELLS YES that we are soooo close to being in full swing berry season? Oh do I dream of the days when I can go to the grocery store and pick up a 2 for 1 bargain on Driscoll’s berries. Berry season is something I wait all year for! You know what they say? April showers bring more berries in the summer. I like to tell myself this is true because it hasn’t stopped raining in 4 weeks. Le sigh.
This was actually the first time I ever tried to make strawberry lemonade.I am a huge lemonade fan and used to order it all the time at Applebee’s in college (don’t judge). I also get it at every fair/festival I go to in the summer. Usually the freshly squeezed stuff though 😀 Lin and I decided that we wanted to nix the sugar in this recipe not just because it’s sugar, but because we’re obsessed with honey and our homemade honey simple syrup is the shit. Plus, honey + lemon = love.
This recipe calls for 4 steps —
- make honey simple syrup
- puree strawberries
- muddle basil
- squeeze lemons
MIX IT ALL TOGETHER.
It’s a lot easier to make than it sounds. Just watch the video above, duh. And I promise you will wow your friends.
I’m legit laying on my couch right now salivating wishing I had this. Sadly, we photographed this recipe like 4 weeks ago. Maybe I’ll just have to make it again! I wonder how it would taste with blueberries. OMG. My favorite berry.
Homemade Strawberry Basil Lemonade
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4
For the Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
For the Strawberry Puree
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 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
- First, make your simple syrup by placing honey and water into a small sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring consistently.
- When syrup has reduced and thickened, remove from heat, pour into a jar, and place in the fridge to cool.
- 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.
- 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.
- In a large pitcher, mix together lemon juice, water, basil, and strawberry puree. Add in honey simple syrup and combine.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until chilled. Serve over ice.
If you’re feeling sassy, you can spike your lemonade and add an ounce of vodka per cup. Shhhh.
HERE WE GO MAY FLOWERS!!!