sparkling strawberry basil lemonade

sparkling strawberry basil lemonade


prep time: 15 minutes + refrigeration time
cook time: 5 minutes
ready in: 2 hours

makes: 8 servings, 8 oz. each

ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 7½ cups sparkling water

steps

  1. Puree strawberries in a blender.
  2. Combine lemon juice, basil and strawberry puree in a small bowl, stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to develop. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds, pulp and herbs.
  3. While fruit mixture is refrigerating, make a simple syrup by heating the sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Combine the juice mixture and the simple syrup in a pitcher. Add cold sparkling water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30–40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more lemon juice.
  5. Serve with ice, sliced lemon, fresh basil and additional sliced strawberries, if desired.

per serving: 60 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 14g sugars, 0g protein

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.