There is something about fresh basil that screams summer. As a matter of fact, fresh lemonade screams summer. So, together, these two are completely wearing themselves out screaming summer.
I had about 4 lemons that needed to be used, so I had already decided on lemonade for dinner. Then I went out to my garden to pick some basil for dinner and decided I needed to try adding basil to my lemonade. Yes! It’s a unique flavor and may be a little strong for some, but I really loved it.
My basil is overflowing this summer. For the past few years, I feel like I’ve struggled to get my basil to get big, so this year, I bought one plant, but I also started 6 plants from seed. Holy moly, do I ever have some basil. Thankfully, I LOVE basil and I will pretty much put in in everything.
My basil this year has a very strong basil flavor, so a little goes a long way. I also think the strong flavor comes from the freshness – picked fresh. That is the best kind of flavor.
I heard the best advice many years ago on getting great basil in the garden. Treat it like a weed. Pick it often and it will grow back 10x bigger than before. Best advice ever. When I am headed out on a trip for a few days, I always pick my basil and come back to beautiful lush leaves. That is also contingent on hot sun and water, but trust me, it works.
Basil may actually have health promoting qualities. It has been implicated in studies as an anti-inflammatory and as an antioxidant. Start using basil as your garnish, your body might thank you!
- 10 basil leaves
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- 4 cups water
- In a strong blender, add basil, lemon juice, sugar and water
- Blend until basil is broken up
- Fill pitcher halfway with ice and add lemonade from the blender