Recipe: Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces strawberries, sliced
  • 1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • Optional: lemon slices, sliced strawberries, and basil leaves for garnish

    Serves 6

Directions

  1. Place honey and 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until the honey dissolves. Add the basil and strawberries and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and add essential oils; cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the syrup mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl, pressing firmly on the solids. Refrigerate the syrup until chilled and ready to use.
  3. Pour the remaining 3 cups of water, lemon juice, and strawberry-basil syrup into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add optional lemon slices, sliced strawberries, and basil leaves. Serve cold or over ice.

By Sylvie Shirazi of Gourmande in the Kitchen

Source: The Essential Edge, June 2019

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