Indulge in a glass of light and revitalizing Strawberry-Basil Lemonade to quench your thirst. Adorn each glass with a slice of strawberry and a fresh basil leaf for a visually appealing presentation.
Table of Contents
2 cups lukewarm water
1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and halved
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
6 cups cold water
Ice, for serving
Chilled sparkling water (optional)
Fresh strawberries, sliced
Fresh basil leaves
In a large saucepan, combine the lukewarm water and lemon juice. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Place pan over medium heat and add the strawberries and basil. Bring to a slow boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft and a slightly thick syrup forms.
Strain the mixture with a fine strainer into a large bowl, pressing strawberries to remove any liquid. Discard the remaining solids. Set the strawberry-basil syrup aside and let cool to room temperature.
In a large pitcher, combine the cooled syrup and cold water. Stir until completely combined, then serve over ice. If desired, top off each glass with a splash of chilled sparkling water for fizz and garnish with a strawberry slice and basil leaf.