Basil Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade is one of my favorite drinks of all time especially as a refreshment on a hot summer day. It’s the perfect drink after a day of swimming and relaxing in the warm sun. This recipe has been a family favorite for a while now and takes lemonade to a whole different level: Basil Italian Lemonade. It’s pretty simple to make and is very refreshing on a hot summer day!

Basil Lemonade

Serves 4-6
Prep time 30 minutes
Italian Basil Lemonade


  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 bunch fresh basil (washed & stemmed)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sparkling water


Step 1
Basil syrup: Add sugar, basil, and water to a saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Strain and place in the fridge to cool.
Step 2
While the syrup is cooling, squeeze and strain about 11 large lemons to create lemon juice.
Step 3
Mix lemon juice, syrup, and sparkling water in a pitcher. Serve over ice.

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