WLS friendly Basil-Lemonade

So I learned about Basil Syrup this weekend, it was something Alex’s aunt Viv made and he wondered if I could try it, and since my basil plants in the kitchen are going crazy and I have been snipping them back so that I had a bunch of Sweet basil in the freezer and fresh I decided to make some.

My kitchen Sweet Basil

NOTE: Basil syrup is NOT WLS friendly at ALL…

Classic Basil Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup basil

enough sugar to make a thick simple syrup (at least 2 cups)

Bring the water and sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved and place the basil in the pan then turn off the heat and cool the simple syrup/basil mixture in the fridge for 40-60 mins and strain.. use over ice cream or crepes.

How I make the Basil infusion for my Sugar free lemonade and for Alex’s Basil Syrup…

take a sauce pan and put 2-3 cups of water and add at least a cup of basil leaves then bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 40 mins to an hour with the lid on, if you want a stronger infusion leave the leaves in the water for a while after you take it off the heat.

When the infusion is as strong as you want it strain out the basil and squeeze out the water (I save the basil mush and freeze it to add it to pesto sauce)

Now if you want to make the non WLS people in your life the syrup it is easy…..Divide the infused water and leave 1 cup in the pan and bring back to a boil and add the sugar and after it cools put it in a tightly sealed bottle in the fridge and let them enjoy it or give it away this makes a great gift.

After the rest of the infusion cools down, pour one cup of it in a half gallon container and add cold water and your favorite Sugar Free lemonade mix (I like to use plain lemonade but Pink Lemonade will work too … you can also make your own with lemon juice and Slenda or Stevia but that is a tad pricey) stir and pour over ice and enjoy… you can do the same with Limeade as well and it is also yummy.

Give it a try, this is an amazingly refreshing drink and if you want to try making a cocktail out of it add vodka to taste and pour over crushed ice, it is a lemon/basil martini.

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