Strawberry basil lemonade
Serves: about 8
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
  • about 20 medium-size basil leaves, torn into rough pieces
  • 1½ cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons, wait to juice the lemons until after you've made the sugar syrup)
  1. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl. Wash the lemons well, then rub the sugar over the outsides of them, which releases some of the aromatic oils into the sugar, gently flavoring it. Make sure you get all (or as much as possible) of the sugar back into the bowl during/after this process. Then, pour 1 cup of boiling water over the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool. This is your syrup.
  2. Combine the strawberries and basil in a blender along with ¼ cup of the syrup. Blend until smooth - I let mine blend at least 1 minute.
  3. To make a glass of lemonade, stir together approximately 3 Tbs. strawberry mixture with 3 Tbs. lemon juice and 1 or 2 Tbs. sugar syrup. Add ice cubes and top with a bit of cold water (still or sparkling water are both tasty). Stir well. Add more of any of the components to suit your taste, then enjoy!
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