Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade
  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes

[Photographs: Kelly Carámbula]

Notes: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries, destemmed
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh squeezed juice from about 8 lemons
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (see note above)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon, washed and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves

Directions

  1. 1.

    Purée the strawberries with about 2 ounces of the lemon juice in a blender on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain the purée through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher or large mason jar.

  2. 2.

    Add the remaining lemon juice, simple syrup, water, lemon slices and basil leaves. Gently stir until incorporated. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.