No Green Thumb Necessary

It's that time of the year. Once again, Trader Joe's has household basil plants for sale. These babies are $3.29 for a sizable, and oh-so-fragrant green beauty. Strike while the iron is hot! Now I definitely don't have a green thumb, but I've managed to keep this bad boy alive. And once you've brought your little basil plant home sweet home, take advantage of your herbaceous find and try out this succulent summer beverage over ice, Basil Lemonade.
Ingredients
1/2 cup rinsed, lightly packed fresh basil leaves3 tablespoons sugar
4 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

sprigs of fresh basil
Preparation
In a 1-1/2 to 2-quart glass measure or bowl, combine basil leaves and sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush leaves with sugar until thoroughly bruised. Add water and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour through a fine strainer into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.
YieldMakes 4-1/2 cups; about 4 servings



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4 comments

Jessie Cacciola said...

love this recipe. i actually have a bunch of things going on in my backyard garden -- including basil

Lesleigh said...

This mixture is going to be my father's day BBQ contribution, thanks for the inspiration :)

MAHOLLA! said...

Yum- I may have to make that for the BBQ!

coco+kelley said...

i just bought a basil plant from TJ's and have been looking at it wondering what to use it for... perfect timing!!