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Honey-Sweetened Basil Lemonade


  • 1/2 c loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
  • 4 c cold water
  • 4 c 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.