Cucumber-Basil Lemonade With Lemongrass Recipe

Cucumber-Basil Lemonade With Lemongrass Recipe

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

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  • Yield:makes 1 quart, serving 4 to 6
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes


  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into rough chunks
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bottom 4 inches only, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh juice from 10 to 12 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 quart ice
  • Cucumber slices and basil leaves for garnish


  1. 1.

    Combine cucumbers, lemongrass, basil, lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Discard solids. Add cold water and whisk to combine. Add ice. Serve in ice-filled glasses garnished with cucumber slices and basil leaves.