Basil Lemonade

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I live in Michigan. It gets to be a snowy wonderland that no one wants to visit many, many months out of the year.

Summer however? I can’t fend off visitors with a stick. Kidding. I would never do that. I love visitors. As someone who loves to cook and bake and has never mastered the art of scaling back a recipe for 2, it’s ideal to have people around.

Bonus if the people around love to eat and are adventurous in trying new foods.

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In Austin, at BlogHer Food, they served a Basil Lemonade. I almost skipped past the lemonade all together because I normally stick to my rule of not drinking calorie-containing beverages unless they’re coffee-containing or alcohol-containing. Silly little rule of mine that works almost all of the time.

Something about this lemonade caught my eye…or perhaps it was my nose. Basil lemonade.

One sip and I was sold. Heavenly was this lemonade.

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In order to not break my rule again, however, I was steadfast in my efforts to recreate this beverage, sans the guilt of empty calories from sugar. I squeezed the juice from 9 lemons, added in ice, water, and basil, and mixed in liquid stevia, along with some powdered stevia.

I left my Basil Lemonade fairly tart which was enjoyed by all, but the beauty of using an all-natural, calorie-free sweetener is that you can add as much, or as little, as you wish without altering the nutritional make-up of the recipe.

This totally hit the spot. So glad the Fourth of July is right around the corner…I think this will be perfect!

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Basil Lemonade
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Serves: 8
 
Summer has never been so refreshing!
Ingredients
  • 9 lemons, juiced
  • 20-30 basil leaves
  • stevia or non-caloric, natural sweetener of choice, to taste
Instructions
  1. Juice lemons and transfer to a pitcher. Fill the pitcher with ice and add 8-10 cups of water, or amount until desired tartness.
  2. Add basil leaves and swirl and mash gently with a wooden spoon in the pitcher. Sweeten, to taste, with stevia or other sweetener.
Notes
I served this to my parents and in-laws and I must say, it was a hit! So refreshing, incredibly easy to make, and a guilt-free beverage perfect for summer entertaining!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 14 Fat: 0 Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4.6 Sugar: 1.2 Sodium: 1 Fiber: 0.3 Protein: 0.3 Cholesterol: 0

 My friend Kelly is in town with her mom and sister, it’s been fun…even if I’m only catching them after work :(

Be well,

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Comments

  1. says

    I love your rule, I follow the same one, of course. I mean beer or a foamy latte, of course that’s the worth the calories!
    Great recipe, and yes, perfect for the Fourth. Yum. We’ve got basil growing strong in our garden!

  2. says

    A beverage that has no caffeine or liquor? Nicole… I… don’t know what to say…
    (this looks good, but I’m totally adding vodka)

  3. Lizzie says

    I am the same way about beverages… it’s water, coffee, or beer for this girl :-) This looks great, though!

  4. Kristin says

    I’m sure a few of those amazing, fresh strawberries would be great mashed up in here as well…along with the rum :)

  5. says

    I’m sold! Basil is one of my FAVORITE ingredients. I double the amount of normal people in pasta, spaghetti sauce, even pesto… I’d never thought to pair it with lemonade, but that’s brilliant!

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