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July 7, 2007 | Episode 20, Season 2

Basil Lemonade Basil Lemonade
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Basil Lemonade

  • Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Makes 8 servings
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
  • 8 cups lemonade

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add the basil, and let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids. Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining syrup for up to 2 weeks.)

 
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