refreshing basil lemonade

7.15.2011

What do I do when life gives me lemons? I make lemonade. Actually, basil lemonade to be exact.

basil lemonade
ingredients
  • 4 cups packed fresh basil sprigs (top 4 inches; from a 1/2-pound bunch)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 9 (4- by 1-inch) strips lemon zest
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1-1/4 fresh lemon juice
directions
  1. Bring basil, 4 cups of water, sugar, and lemon zest to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let stand at room temperature, covered, 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Strain syrup thorough a sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on and then discarding solids. 
  2. Stir together the syrup and the rest of the ingredients in a large pitcher, then pour into tall glasses half filled with ice.

3 comments :

  1. I'm curious, do you think that boiling the water will change the characteristic of the lemonade? Sugar changes drastically on a molecular level when you boil it in water, as water is undergoing a state change. Can you report back on what happens if you simply heat the water while taking caution not to boil it until all the sugar dissolves? Or using a candy thermometer to regulate the temperature of the water so that it is just below boiling point?

    -L

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  2. Hmmm... I believe you are correct, that is the difference between sweet tea and iced tea.

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