With summer here it is time to start looking for ways to keep cool on the steadily hotter days and what better way to do so than with a cool and refreshing glass of lemonade? Instead of running out to the store to get some, how about making your own? Trust me, it’s dead easy; it’s simply lemons, sugar and water along with about five minutes of effort and the results are so much better than ‘from concentrate’! Bored with plain old lemonade? Try adding something to it like one of the many ripe, in season summer fruits or berries like strawberries! As exciting as a fruity lemonade is how about making it even more interesting by adding a fresh herb like basil or mint? This strawberry and basil lemonade is so easy to make from scratch at home and it is sure to keep you cool, hydrated and refreshed on the hot summer days to come!
Summer is going to be so good!
Blueberry lemonade anyone? Blackberry? Peach? There are just too many options to choose from!
There are two easy ways to get the fruit or berries into your lemonade, you can simply puree them and add them to the lemonade or you can use them to make a simple syrup and use that in the lemonade. I like pureeing the fruit or berries in a food processor as I like the texture that the small bits of fruit add to the lemonade, though if you prefer you can always strain those bits from the puree. Fruity simple syrups are as easy to make as simmering the fruit or berries in water and sugar to extract their flavour. These syrups keep for a long time in the fridge and can be using in many alcoholic and virgin drinks or on pancakes, etc. so they are always nice to have on hand.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
A cool and refreshing homemade strawberry and basil lemonade.
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- 1/4 cup basil (or mint)
- 1 cup lemon juice (~4-6 lemons)
- 1 cup simple syrup*
- 4 cups water
- ice to taste
- Puree the strawberries and basil in a food processor or blender and optionally strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Mix the strawberry and basil puree, lemon juice, simple syrup, water and ice and enjoy.
Tip: Add gin or other alcohol for an adult version!