Summertime is the perfect time for a glass of this refreshing homemade lemonade.
There’s something about the combination of lemon and fresh basil that makes this naturally sweetened drink irresistible to me. Which is surprising, because without the basil it’s practically the same lemonade made famous by the Master Cleanse– something I tried following briefly in college. Boy, was I was miserable doing that! (If I’m going to fast, I prefer juicing my own fruits and veggies for more variety.)
However terrible the experience, I do credit the Master Cleanse for teaching me about pure maple syrup. Up until that point, I didn’t know the difference between pure maple syrup and the processed variety! I’ve enjoyed this dark, rich syrup as a natural sweetener ever since, and love that it’s a source of antioxidants and minerals, like manganese and zinc.
If maple syrup isn’t your sweetener of choice, feel free to replace it with raw honey, fresh dates, or even stevia, for a sugar-free option. Since you can taste this drink as you go, you can always add more lemon, sweetener, or water until it tastes exactly how you’d like it to! The basil in this recipe has a pretty predominant taste, which I love, but if you’re hesitant about the basil addition, feel free to start with less. You can always add more as you go!
Fresh Basil Lemonade
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups water
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh minced basil
This drink couldn’t be easier to prepare. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until the basil is completely broken down. No need to strain!
Alternatively, you could just shake the ingredients together and allow the flavors to meld in the fridge for an hour or so, then strain before serving. Pour over ice and serve immediately.
Fresh Basil Lemonade
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced basil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until the basil is completely broken down. No need to strain! Alternatively, you could just shake the ingredients together and allow the flavors to meld in the fridge for an hour or so, then strain before serving. Pour over ice and serve immediately!
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite summer drink? Have you ever tried the Master Cleanse? (It’s definitely NOT something I’d ever do again.)