Lemonade Insanity 6: Basil Lemonade

And we’re back! Continuing this march through lemonade flavors, here is the next item on the roster: Basil Lemonade. Not an obvious combination with lemonade, but the Italian flavor combines with the lemon citrus and they compliment each other very well.

The Basil leaves are placed in the simple syrup, and it works well when combined with a fruit puree. Strawberry Basil lemonade is a fantastic combination, some would say the best combination for a flavored lemonade.

Preparation is similar to Cilantro Lemonade. Muddle your half dozen Basil Leaves (for a two quart batch) and place them in the simple syrup while the sugar is dissolving over low heat. Ten or fifteen minutes will impart the flavor and the syrup is ready for the lemonade.

Seriously, try this with a strawberry puree like in the Strawberry Lemonade. It is a great combination.


  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup with six Basil leaves removed (lemon zest to taste)
  • 6 cups water