Old Fashioned Lemon Basil Lemonade

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Summer is approaching!  I always think of refreshing beverages, salads, cooking out on the grill, and all the fancy delicious fruit desserts.

I grow several basils, just for celebrating summer.  Lemon, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Thai Lemon, Penang Lemon, Lime, Key Lime, and Spicy Globe basils.

You’ll want to try my recipe for Old Fashioned Lemon Basil Lemonade.

When you prepare the Lemon Basil Syrup ahead of time, it dissolves and blends all the flavors, leaving a smooth refreshing lemonade flavor.

Click on the Old Fashioned Lemon Basil Lemonade hyperlink below to download a printable version of the recipe:

Old Fashioned Lemon Basil Lemonade


Lemon Basil Syrup

1/2 cup loose packed Lemon Basil leaves
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 Lemon

Old Fashioned Lemonade

12 ounce Glass filled with Ice
1 Lemon
1 tablespoon Lemon Basil Syrup (this is to your preference of sweetness)


Lemon Basil Syrup

Bring water in a saucepan to a boil; add sugar, lemon basil leaves and ½ lemon (without squeezing it) to the water and stir.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down and allow the mixture to remain at a simmering boil for about 5 minutes. Cool the mixture to room temperature.

Strain the basil leaves, and discard the lemon. You can refrigerate the lemon basil sugar water in an airtight container.

Making a glass of lemonade

Squeeze lemon juice from one fresh lemon into a glass filled with ice. Add some lemon basil syrup (this is to your preference to how sweet you like your lemonade) and fill the glass with filtered water.

Put another glass on top of the glass and shake the mixture well.

Garnish with lemon and Lemon Basil.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

GenevieveNo Gravatar May 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

Great simple syrup recipe! Will make mojtos with it. Really like your website and all the different basils!



RamonaNo Gravatar May 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Wow, what a great idea! 🙂


JennicaNo Gravatar November 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

There is a critical shortage of informative articles like this.


DexterNo Gravatar July 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I’m taking this recipe to the south and putting it in my sweet tea!


RamonaNo Gravatar July 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

That should be delicious! Let me know! 🙂

Love Your Basil,


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