Sparkling Basil Lemonade

Basil and jalepeño add a grownup flair to this classic refreshing beverage. Sophisticated, yet non-alcoholic, all of your guests can say, “bottoms up!”
Photo by Lauren S.
Adapted from bhg.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Adapted from bhg.com

Ingredients

  • 4

    cups water

  • 3

    cups sugar

  • 2

    cups fresh basil leaves (about 1-1/2 ounces)

  • 2

    (1 liter) bottles club soda, chilled

  • 2

    cups lemon juice

  • Ice cubes

  • 1

    fresh jalapeño chile pepper, sliced, for garnish

  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

In a large saucepan combine water, sugar, and basil. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and discard leaves. Cover and chill syrup for 2 to 24 hours. In a very large punch bowl combine chilled syrup, club soda, and lemon juice. Serve over ice and garnish with jalapeño slices and fresh basil leaves.

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