Refreshing Sparkling Basil Lemonade Recipe

Fresh lemons and basil for a sparkling basil lemonade

Mix lemons with basil and the result will be tangy, spicy, and a touch sweet. With sparkling water, this refreshing basil lemonade is perfect for a hot day.

Summer is officially here in North Carolina! And it is HOT. I am talking about rosy, flushed cheeks just walking to the car. (Texas people,  you get this. I interned in Houston one summer, so hot!) Anyway, lemonade seems just the fix on a hot day.

We are growing our first container garden and my herbs were ready for use. So I tried mixing lemons with basil and the result was amazing. I used sparkling water for this recipe but you could easily swap it to regular water. 

Refreshing sparkling basil lemonade recipe

Sparkling Basil Lemonade Ingredients

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

  • Lemon juice
  • Basil Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • Sparkling mineral water 
  • Ice
  • Lemon and Basil for garnish

Basil Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • Fresh basil
  • Sugar
  • Water

How to Make Sparkling Basil Lemonade

In a saucepan combine fresh basil, sugar, and water for at least 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Crush the basil a bit with a spoon while you stir. Cool for 15-30 minutes then strain.

Mix fresh lemon juice, basil simple syrup, and sparkling water in a pitcher. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Mix with ice and serve with garnish.


Fresh lemons and basil for a sparkling basil lemonade
Fresh lemons squeezed for sparkling basil lemonade

Cooking down basil in a pot for basil lemonade
Sugar and basil for simple syrup

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use honey instead of sugar?

Yes, you can substitute honey for sugar in basil lemonade if you prefer. Keep in mind that honey has a distinct flavor that will alter the taste of the lemonade slightly. Adjust the amount of honey to taste, as it may be sweeter than sugar.

Can I make basil lemonade ahead of time for a party?

Yes, you can make basil lemonade ahead of time for a party. Prepare the simple syrup and steep the basil leaves in advance, then store the syrup in the refrigerator until you’re ready to mix it with lemon juice and sparkling water. Assemble the lemonade just before serving for the freshest flavor.

Is basil lemonade caffeinated?

No, basil lemonade is not caffeinated. It’s a refreshing and non-caffeinated beverage made with lemon juice, basil-infused syrup, and sparkling or still water.

Refreshing sparkling basil lemonade recipe
Refreshing sparkling basil lemonade recipe

The simmering basil syrup gives a wonderful aroma. I crushed the leaves a bit as I stirred to ensure a basil flavor. It was still delightfully tangy and sweet.

My favorite sparkling water is San Pelligrino, or if you prefer regular lemonade swap sparkling water for filtered still water.  

This sparkling lemonade would be perfect for sharing on a hot day at a backyard barbecue, picnic, birthday party, or baby shower. More ice the better. The basil does add tang, but my kids loved it! 

Refreshing sparkling basil lemonade recipe poured into glass pitcher
Yield: 2

Basil Lemonade Recipe

Basil Lemonade Recipe

Mix lemons with basil and the result will be amazing: tangy, spicy, and a touch sweet. Mixed with sparkling water, it is a refreshing lemonade recipe perfect for a hot summer day.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lemon juice (about 7 squeezed lemons)
  • Basil Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 cup sparkling mineral water
  • Ice
  • Lemon and Basil for garnish

Basil Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil (about 30 sprigs)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

    In saucepan combine basil, sugar, and water an summer at least 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Crush the basil a bit with spoon while you stir. Cool 15-30 minutes then strain.

    Mix fresh lemon juice, basil simple syrup, and sparkling water in pitcher.

Notes

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Mix with ice and serve with garnish.

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