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a clear glass filled with lemonade, lemons and a sprig of basil.

Homemade Basil Lemonade

Basil and lemon are two summer staples, pair them together to make homemade basil lemonade. A delicious and refreshing drink for a hot summer day.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pitcher 1x



For Simple Syrup

11/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of water

Ingredients for Lemonade

11/213/4  cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice

79 cups of water

1 handful of fresh basil


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 to cool.

To make Lemonade

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.

  • Author: Elizabeth
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemonade, basil lemonade