Strawberry Basil Lemonade

5 Apr

Stawberry Basil Lemonade

I bought a gargantuan basil plant for 5 bucks at Sprouts last week. I’m no stranger to buying a basil plant this time of year—it’s cheaper than buying fresh basil at the farmers market—but the size of the plant gave me pause.

Picture me at Sprouts with my empty shopping cart having this debate with myself:

Me: Wow, that’s a great deal! I should definitely load up on some basil this spring.

Self: That’s a lot of basil. I mean, A LOT. What are you going to do with it all?

Me: Yeah, it’s more than I need. Maybe I should pass.

Self: But it is a really good deal … and it looks like a healthy plant.

Me: But where am I going to put it?

Self: The kitchen, duh. You can’t plant it outside or it will wilt in a couple of months.

Me: Maybe I should get it then. I can sacrifice some counter space in the name of fresh basil.

Self: Or you could think about it while you shop for the items you actually came here to purchase.

Me: All right then. 

I went about my business and came home with impulse basil. If you can’t live a little at the grocery store, where can you?

This post is less about using the last of our fresh lemons and more about justifying my basil purchase. I’m smitten with lemonade infusions that incorporate fresh herbs, and basil seems so spring.

The result is fancy lemonade perfect for sitting out on the patio, serving guests, or gulping down after a hearty hike. If you find yourself wondering if you should invest in a basil plant this spring, I hope you remember this recipe and talk yourself into it!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Makes 1 1/4 quarts

1 cup lemon juice

3 cups water

1 cup sugar

8-10 strawberries, hulled

1/3 cup basil

Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher. Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Add the strawberries and basil. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture until smooth.

Adapted from What’s Gabby Cooking

Psst! Attention Easter “Peeps”: I’m brining a pitcher of this Sunday!

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