I love cold lemonade on a hot summer day and this basil infused summer drink sure does hit the spot. I’m told it is Italian but my Italian brother-in-law says he has never heard of it. Of course he did grow up in Cajun country. He may not know Italian from French. I say, who cares where it originated if it is good, right?
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 6 cups cold water
- 12-15 basil leaves
Bring the water to a boil and then remove from heat. Add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is well dissolved. This is called simple syrup. Take the basil leaves in your hands and crumple them to release their oils. Throw it in the pot. Add the lemon zest to the basil/sugar/water mixture. Let them all mingle together until it cools down.
Put the cold water and lemon juice in a pitcher. Strain the simple syrup mixture and add just the liquid to the pitcher. Stir well. Serve with ice and a lemon wedge. You’ll love it. I promise.
Linked to Tasty Tuesdays.