Try this fresh from your garden twist on a summertime favorite. Add fresh Strawberries and Basil to your favorite Lemonade recipe for a sweet and refreshing drink.
2 Cups fresh Strawberries (stems removed and chopped coarsely)
1 Cup fresh Sweet Basil leaves
1 Cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice
8 Cups Water
2 tbsp granulated sugar
First, make a simple syrup with Basil.Mash the Basil leaves slightly to bruise them which will bring out their flavor. Combine the Basil, sugar and 1 Cup water in a small saucepan. Stir constantly while bringing to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the stovetop and let it cool. Once cool, strain it to remove any large leaves.
Next, Pour 1 cup fresh squeezed Lemon juice into a pitcher. Combine strawberries with sugar in a medium sized bowl - let them sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
Put the strawberry and sugar mixture into a blender and blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. Strain the mixture to remove any Strawberry seeds.
Add the strawberry mixture to the pitcher with lemon juice and continue stirring while adding the Basil simple syrup, and 7 cups of water. Add ice to fill the pitcher to chill.
When serving, pour the Lemonade into the glass and add fresh sliced strawberries. Garnish with a couple of fresh Basil leaves.
Finally, sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh from the garden refreshment!
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