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Basil Lemonade

It already feels like summer in Miami. I forget how HOT it can get, but there are so many wonderful reasons to live in South Florida I can't complain. Summer is a time to spend outside and enjoy the longer days, but we need to stay hydrated from the heat and sun. Of course water first, always stay hydrated with water. Sometimes though we want a little something different, maybe to replenish electrolytes, or something more fruity. Forget about buying a store bought drink. Those are loaded with sugar, and the portions are huge. Make your own! 

When we make our own recipes we get to control the amount of ingredients. In this recipe it is sugar that is the ingredient in question. A little bit of sugar won't hurt, especially when you make the recipe yourself instead of the processed items in the grocery store. Those that we buy in the store come in plastic, aren't made with 100% real ingredients and definitely aren't fresh. There is no point in denying yourself a delicious treat to cool off from the heat like a small glass of lemonade. It is actually very refreshing. So make this deliciously refreshing summer drink! 

Fun fact: Lemonade became popular in the17th century in Paris, France. This is when the bubonic plague was occurring all over Europe. For some reason though Paris wasn't hit as hard with the plague. Why you ask? Lemons (all citrus fruits actually) contain limonene and linalool in the skin which repeals the fleas found on rats and especially those that carried the bubonic plague. 

RECIPE:

Yields 2 servings 

Time 15-20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons cane sugar 

1/4 cup water 

6 fresh basil leaves

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/4 cup of water 

 

 

METHOD:

1. In a sauce pan add the sugar and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a light boil to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved set it aside off the heat and add the basil leaves. Let that sit while you squeeze the lemons. 

2. Roll the lemons, this helps to release the juices. Halve and remove the seeds. Squeeze the juice in to a measuring cup. Continue! 

3. Strain the simple syrup infused with basil so that the leaves are not in the simple syrup. Add the lemon juice to the simple syrup and the extra 1/4 cup water. Mix together and pour over ice and enjoy! 

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