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March 21, 2016

Strawberry Basil Lemonade #secretrecipeclub

Ripe strawberries and basil are blended into homemade lemonade, for a deliciously refreshing drink that will have you hooked after just one sip. Strawberry Basil Lemonade will be your go-to drink this summer.

It's time once again for another yummy installment of the Secret Recipe Club. My assignment this month was the tasty blog Dessert Before Dinner. Stephanie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, and a cutie-pie cat that has the prettiest white-tipped paws. Her favorite foods are bread, cheese, vegetables and wine, but her blog covers much more than that. You'll find recipes for everything from Cheddar Rosemary Walnut Crackers, to Coffee Granita.

The day I was searching Stephanie's blog was an unseasonable warm one though, so I was drawn to the drinks section of her recipe index. As soon as I seen Strawberry Basil Lemonade, I knew it was what I was making. What better thirst quencher is there than homemade lemonade? When I seen it had strawberries as an ingredient, my decision was finalized, since I had a package of strawberries that needed to be used before they went bad.

I wasn't disappointed! This recipe is a winner, full of sweet-tart flavor, enhanced with the delightful flavor of basil. I made a few minor changes to the original recipe. I wanted to make a larger amount, so I increased the ingredients accordingly. I also wanted more of a strawberry flavor to the lemonade, so I cooked the strawberries and basil in with the simple syrup, then strained it before adding to the rest of the ingredients. The resulting drink is a beautiful red color, and taste amazing. This lemonade will definitely be a summer favorite.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade
  • 1 pound strawberries, chopped
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
Combine strawberries, basil, 1 1/2 cups of the water, and sugar in a medium saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, and mashing up the strawberries. Set aside.
Combine lemon juice and the other 3 1/2 cups of water in a pitcher.
After strawberry mixture has cooled slightly, strain it through a fine mesh strainer, and add to the lemonade.
Stir to combine, then chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serve over ice with strawberries, lemon slices, and basil leaves for garnish if desired.
Yield: Almost 1 Gallon

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this lemonade recipe. Love your idea of cooking down the strawberries for a more intense flavor. I might need to change it up a little the next time I make this recipe this summer. Great SRC post!

    1. Cooking the strawberries down was my husband's idea Stephanie. When he was watching me prep to make it he said, "Wouldn't it taste more like strawberries if you blended them into the lemonade"? Gotta love it when your family gets involved in your cooking adventures. :) Thanks again for the great recipe!

  2. Lovely pictures, I am keeping this idea for this year's strawberry season.

  3. What a fantastic recipe April, perfect choice! And I agree that adding the strawberries and basil to the simple syrup is a great idea, that color is positively stunning!!

  4. what a fabulous twist on lemonade! i bet this is so refreshing :)

  5. Making lemonade is one of my all time favorite things to do. I've done strawberry lemonade. And basil lemonade. Looks like I need to put them together! Yum.

    1. It seemed like an unusual flavor combo, but I'm glad I tried it. It was really good!

  6. Even though summer is coming to a close I still wish I could I have big glass of this right now. It looks so fresh and delicious.

    1. It's really refreshing, and makes great use of fresh basil from your garden. I'm going to grow lemon basil next year to try in it, instead of regular basil.


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