Strawberry basil lemonade

Tasty on a hot summer day

Our neighbors left us a big bag of lemons from their tree. What’s a girl to do with an abundance of citrus?

Obviously, lemonade is the answer. But I didn’t want to make boring normal lemonade. And I have an abiding love for sweet and savory flavors mixing together, so I decided to make some strawberry basil lemonade.

It’s very simple and delicious. These ingredients are not exact. I like my lemonade fairly tart and strong. I recommend mixing to taste.

Ingredients: (makes about gallon of lemonade)

Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup:

1.5 cups of fresh water
1.5 cups of sugar
1.5 pounds of strawberries, chopped
.75 cups of fresh basil, sliced into very small pieces

In a small saucepan, add the sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until the sugar is melted. Then add the strawberries and basil. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it steep until completely cool.

Strain out the strawberries and basil using a fine mesh strainer. (You can save these solids. They are delicious on vanilla ice cream or in strawberry shortcake).

Making simple syrup

Lemonade:
3.5 cups of lemon juice
10 cups of fresh water (or more if you find it too strong).
1 recipe of strawberry-basil simple syrup

Mix the water, lemon juice, and simple syrup in large container and shake well. I recommend adding about 3/4 of all of the ingredients, tasting, and mixing in what is necessary to get the taste you like. And then drink up!