Sunday, June 9, 2013

HomeGrown Basil Lemonade!

With Summer upon us I figured I'd share one of my FAVE recipes!  Check out the original post  for an additional sweeter version.

What do you do when life gives you extra Basil?
Make Basil Lemonade!  I didn't use a recipe and I didn't use much sugar.  This is a great recipe to use any extra basil cuttings or even basil flowers.  I'm going to include my instructions plus an additional recipe for something a bit sweeter.

Basil Lemonade
I like things simple!  I have a variety of jars but for this recipe I used large, wide-mouth Ball jars (quart size) and empty Mason jars (24 ounce?) from pasta sauce.
2 jars have Purple Opal Basil and 2 have Fine Verde Basil.

Basil: 3-5 long sprigs per jar
Lemons: 1/2 a lemon, sliced, per jar
Sugar / Honey: 1-2 tablespoon per jar (or use stevia)

Place appropriate amount of water in a large pot and boil.  While you wait, add the Basil, Lemons and Sugar to each jar.

Once your water has boiled, pour into filled jars.  Let the jars cool until you can handle them.  Screw the tops onto your jars and place in the fridge.  Wait about an hour and shake up the jars then put back into the fridge.  Lemonade should be ready in 6-12 hours depending on how strong you like it.

AND...I announced a 2 For 1 Seed Pack special at Mary's Heirloom Seeds so YOU can grow your own! Through June 18th!

Sharing this refreshing post HERE and the Creative HomeAcre Hop.


  1. Yes! I used to do something similar with thyme. So good.

  2. mmmm! pinned. Excited to try this :)

  3. Oh, I've never thought to add basil to my lemonade buy out plants are very robust this year so I have an abundance...pinning to try later!

  4. That is an interesting way to make Lemonade-- I have never tried it this way, I might have to do this if I can find lemons on sale soon.

    Thanks for sharing on our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop, I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  5. I love basil and grow it in my garden, but I have never thought to put it in lemonade. I will surely be trying this refreshing drink. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  6. Basil Lemonade - sounds so delish!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

  7. This sounds really good! I'm going to try this as I'm getting tired of unsweetened, decaf iced tea :)

  8. Oh wow - this sounds so cool and refreshing! I am growing stevia, so I think I will use a crushed leaf or two to sweeten. Can't wait to try it this summer. My meyer lemon tree is in full bloom - so I am ready!


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