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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

A delicious twist on strawberry lemonade with a taste of basil!
Author Amy, My Name Is Snickerdoodle

Ingredients

For Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups strawberries hulled and sliced (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves torn in half and tightly packed

For Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice freshly squeezed (about 8-10 medium lemons)
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 4 cups crushed iced

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot bring 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil.  Boil until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in strawberries and basil.  Turn down to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Take off the heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Using a fine strainer, strain the syrup from the strawberries and basil.
  5. In a large pitcher combine strawberry basil syrup, lemon juice and cold water together until well mixed.
  6. Pour in ice and chill until ready to serve.
  7. Garnish glasses with strawberries and/or fresh basil leaves.