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Glass filled with basil lemonade with additional glasses in the background

Fresh Basil Lemonade with Honey

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  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Fresh basil lemonade with honey — the perfect refreshing summer drink, made with fresh basil, fresh lemon juice, and honey! 


  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 cups ice
  • Basil sprigs (for garnish when serving - optional)


  1. Mash honey and fresh basil together (using a fork or a mortar and pestle) until a paste is formed. In a large container or pitcher, combine the basil/honey mixture, lemon juice, and cold water. Cover and store in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight - note that the longer it sets, the more basil flavor there will be when served.
  2. Strain the lemonade mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any solids (and the mushy basil).
  3. To serve, put 1 cup of ice into each of 4 glasses. Pour lemonade over the ice (about 1 cup each) and garnish with a fresh sprig of basil, if desired.