This is the best lemonade you’ll ever have. Promise. And if you don’t agree.. well, I don’t think I know you anymore. At the bottom of the recipe I have directions for freezing this ahead of time and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it that way. It makes a great quick summer treat and is great to have on hand for BBQ’s.. or mondays…
BLACKBERRY BASIL LEMONADE
For the basil simple syrup:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice (fresh is best)
2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
Make the basil simple syrup. Put the sugar, water, and basil in a pot and bring to a boil. Let cool then strain.
Puree the blackberries and strain. You should have 1/2 cup. Mix with the lemon juice, water, and basil simple syrup. Chill, serve over ice.
For a fizzy drink, replace the 6 cups water with seltzer water.
To make ahead: Place a batch of basil simple syrup in a freezer container with the 1/2 cup blackberry puree. When ready to serve add water and lemon juice. I don’t even thaw it, it will quickly thaw enough to mix together and makes for a very cold refreshing drink.