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Italian Lemonade

This Italian lemonade is a fun twist on the summer favorite. The addition of the basil simple syrup adds an herby freshness that takes this lemonade to the next level. Lemon and basil are such a classic flavor combination, so why not have it in your drink, too? 

For some more fun summer drink ideas, try my strawberry basil soda or my Barbarella.
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Italian Lemonade

Category

Drinks

Servings

6

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Calories

276

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For the Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1 bunch of fresh basil (washed and stemmed)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Lemonade:

  • 2 cups lemon juice (from about 12 to 15 lemons)
  • 2 cups cold or sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Lemon twists (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan combine the basil, sugar, and water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 5 minutes. Cool, strain the liquid, and discard the basil. Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator.
  2. 2 Mix the lemon juice, 2 cups basil simple syrup, and 2 cups water together in a pitcher. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
276
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
72 grams
Protein
1 grams
Fat
1 grams
Saturated Fat
1 grams
Sodium
20 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
Sugar
69 grams
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1 comment

  • Author's avatar image
    Kahlen McConnell
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    I insisted on making this when I cooked for my family last night and everyone loved it:) my new favorite drink!!

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