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Lemon Basil Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When lemon basil shows up in your CSA farm share box, make Lemon Basil Lemonade. That’s how we roll around here. Who wants a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade? 

Lemon Basil Lemonade in 4 tall glasses with straws

Did you know that basil and chia are both cousins of mint? So are lavender and thyme and rosemary. So if mint is wonderful in lemonade, why not lemon basil?

Lemon basil is a hybrid between basil and African basil. It’s not a common herb in the US, but if you grow it in your garden, or if you find it in your farm share box like I did, you’ll find it delightful. The leaves are bright green, narrow, pointed ovals and the fragrance is distinctly lemon with a lot of sweetness in the background. Once it has chilled for a day or two, the lemon aroma starts fading away.

Lemon basil’s distinct lemon fragrance is especially pungent once it’s minced or cooked. If you don’t have lemon basil, you can substitute regular basil for this lemonade.

Lemon basil for Lemon Basil Lemonade

zest and lemon squeezing for Lemon Basil Lemonade

The way you muddle the lemon basil, sugar and zest, lemon basil lemonade is sort of like a mojito. Here, this lemonade is a “mocktail”, though you could definitely add tequila and turn it into a refreshing cocktail.

Lemon Basil and lemon zest for muddling Lemon Basil Lemonade

I learned about the mint family in the headnotes for Lemon Basil-Mint Lemonade in Deborah Madison’s cookbook, Vegetable Literacy. (Affiliate)

Lemon Basil Lemonade in 4 glasses with window in background

You might also like these Tequila Mojitos with Agave Nectar.

Wishing you a fabulous week–mix up a refreshing drink! Cheers!

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4 comments

  • Marissa Sertich

    sounds like a delicious drink for these last few days of summer! Reply · 18 September, 2013

    • Marissa,
      I had leftover lemonade from that party. I put the jar on the fridge door and nursed it the next week whenever I wanted an alchohol-free treat. Reply · 27 October, 2013

  • Arabella

    Thanks for the recipes, I will make Lemon Basil Lemonade today!
    And some Mojitos this weekend. Reply · 18 July, 2017

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