I had summer in mind when I made the Chicken Cutlet with Lemon Mayonnaise and Arugula Sandwich earlier this week, so I needed a summertime drink to pair with it. I had a few ideas, but I ended up deciding to try this Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe. Like the chicken sandwich, I just made this recipe pairs lemon and herbs. The addition of summer berries sealed the deal for me.
A pitcher of this thirst quenching Strawberry Basil Lemonade is all you need to make it through the scorching hot summer days!
There aren’t many ingredients that go into this lemonade. Just lemon juice, strawberries, basil, honey, ice, and water.
This recipe gives the option of using flat or sparkling water. I chose flat water because it makes a pitcher of lemonade, and I didn’t want to end up with barley carbonated water. There’s just no good in-between stage from flat to carbonated.
There were only a few steps to make this strawberry lemonade recipe, and it was as easy as I thought it would be. I had a pitcher of lemonade made in the time specified, 10 minutes.
The recipe does call for a food processor, but I think you could make it without. Just mash the berries and finely mince the basil leaves from Step 1 instead. It would be more work, of course, but it’s doable.
The rest went according to plan except for the honey. I like very sweet lemonade, so I ended up doubling the amount of honey from 5 tablespoons to 10. I find that honey isn’t quite as sweet as sugar and tend to use more of it when sweetening my drinks.