Basil Lemonade Recipe | PBS Food


Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 15 Minutes

Yield: 8

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
  • 8 cups lemonade


  1. 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.)