I tweaked this recipe it to make a refreshing drink. I love basil and this recipe has a wonderful basil-infused flavor. Delicious on a warm day or with grilled chicken. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh basil and lemon slices.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
8 hrs
8 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Stir water, lemonade, sugar, and lime juice together in a pitcher. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, stir to combine, cover the pitcher, and refrigerate until flavors combine, 8 hours to overnight. Remove basil leaves and discard.


Cook's Note:

Add or subtract the preferred amount of lemonade concentrate for stronger or weaker lemonade flavor. Substitute bottled lime juice for fresh lime juice.

Nutrition Facts

89 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 23.2g 8% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 8.7mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
My family loves this refreshing drink! I use Splenda instead of sugar and perhaps a bit extra basil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
My family loves this refreshing drink! I use Splenda instead of sugar and perhaps a bit extra basil. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A little on the sweet side for us so I'd most likely eliminate the sugar if using the concentrate. We enjoyed the subtle basil flavor which partners well with the lemon. I make freshly-squeezed lemons often so I think I'll incorporate the basil the next time I make it (when the price of lemons goes down!). A nice twist on lemonade. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
it was too sweet as written and not enough basil flavor. i made it again and instead of steeping the basil leaves in there I made the lemonade from concentrate without the sugar or the lime juice and poured some of it in the blender and blended the basil leaves in the lemonade let it sit a few minutes and strained it to remove the chunks. it gives the lemonade a green color but very good taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this and it was fantastic. I never added any sugar. it was great!!!! 5/5 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I will never make plain lemonade again. I have an abundance of basil in my garden so I add it wherever I can. This adds a very refreshing finish to the lemonade. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My friends loved this. I was hoping it would taste more like basil. Still it was an elegant and refreshing drink for our annual basil banquet (when 3-4 cooks prepare several recipes with basil in them generally spending about 3-5 hours in the kitchen). It took me about an hour to prepare this the night before. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great! I didn't use the recipe but instead bought lemonade like the iced tea packages and put in two basil leaves in a bottle. Great thirst quencher after a walk. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Was very strong so will use about 3/4 the concentrate next time Read More