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Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Stand 10 mins

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  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and diced, plus extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Rind of 1 lemon (carefully removed with a peeler, making sure not to include the white pith)
  • 1/2 cup fresh tightly packed basil leaves, plus extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)


  1. Combine strawberries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small, lidded pot, combine 1 cup water, remaining 1 cup sugar, the lemon rind and basil over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Cover, remove from heat and steep 10 minutes. Strain and cool.
  3. In a pitcher, stir together strawberries, lemon juice, lemon-basil syrup, 2 cups ice and 2 cups cold water. (For an adult tweak, replace 1 cup of the water with 1 cup vodka.) Fill 8 glasses with ice and pour lemonade into each. Garnish with extra strawberries and basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Strawberry-Basil Lemonade)

Servings Per Recipe 8, sodium (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 131, Fat, total (g) 0, pro. (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, carb. (g) 35

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