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Good morning! This week has been hot and steamy and by hot I mean 97 F and 108 F with the heat index. It is the kind of weather that you want to take it easy, read a good book and drink copious amounts of refreshing lemonade. After all isn’t lemonade the official drink of summer?
Of course you could make your favorite homemade lemonade, but why not branch out and try something new like basil lemonade, it is a refreshing combination and frankly can even be made into a cocktail with a shot of the vodka of your choice.
11/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of water
Place sugar and water into a pan and over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring a bit so that the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
11/2- 13/4 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
7-9 cups of water
1 handful of fresh basil
Place 1/2 basil in the bottom of a pitcher, muddle with a muddler to break it up a little and to release the flavor, add the water, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Mix well. At this point you can let it sit for a little while to let the flavors meld or you can pour into glasses and garnish with the other half of the basil and enjoy. You can make this as tart or as sweet as you would like by adjusting the simple syrup and the lemon juice. I personally like mine a little tart.
That is it, simple, easy and refreshing. I hope that you have a wonderful day and happy 1st day summer to you!