I was recently reading about seasonal herbs, and who knew Basil was in season in August?! Usually you would find it scattered over tomatoes, slathered with balsamic vinegar in one of summer's greatest dishes, but I was looking to try something more adventurous… something equally summery but different… and along came basil lemonade! It's a game changer of a late summer drink, trust me!
Equally quick and simple to make, and with only 4 ingredients I bet you can probably make it without even having to go to the shops! Ok, I admit I keep a basil plant on my kitchen window sill because it reminds me of summer and I love the smell of it!
To make it you'll need the following :
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
- 6 cups water, divided
- 1½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (6 to 8 lemons)
In a medium sauce pan, muddle the sugar and basil together with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cups of water and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, and allow the basil to steep in the syrup until cool.
Once cool, strain the simple syrup into a jug, add 4 cups of water and the lemon juice. Stir well! Serve over ice with a garnish of basil and lemon.
Now, I'll admit… mine looked a little dark in this batch, but this was because I used brown sugar as I thought it would give it a mojito vibe, which it totally didn't! It’s much lighter in colour if you used normal white sugar (I promise!). Send me a photo of yours as I'd love to see them!