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The warmer temperatures have finally come to us here in Utah. Last night, I loved that I could sit out on the porch with Easton, watching my husband and Abbi running and playing in the yard. We are a much happier household when we aren’t cooped up inside!!

There are several things that make me always think of summer – swimming pools, shaved ice, summer festivals – and lemonade!! While I like lemonade, it’s not something that I’ll usually choose first. But then I had a version of this lemonade, and I was sold. I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I tried it. This was seriously the best lemonade that I have ever tried!!



So do yourself a favor. Make this lemonade today, and enjoy some on your porch, or your balcony, or your deck.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer!

Basil and Mint Lemonade | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Basil and Mint Lemonade
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The flavors of basil and mint make this lemonade something a little more special and unique.
Serves: about 5 cups
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups basil and mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
Basil & Mint Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup loosely packed basil
  • ½ cup loosely packed mint
To make the simple syrup:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until the sugar is melted. Strain through a sieve and discard the herbs.
To make the lemonade:
  1. Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve cold.
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28 Responses to Basil and Mint Lemonade

  1. Rachel says:

    that sounds so delicious! I was just at an outdoor happy hour and they had a punch similar to this! I love the flavor of basil 🙂

  2. Maria says:

    Perfect drink for summer and we just planted a bunch of herbs!

  3. This looks so refreshing and yummy!! And it sounds so easy!! Love.

  4. My basil and my mint are growing like weeds in this humid Alabama heat. This looks perfect for a lazy Monday!

  5. I have a ton of basil just perfect for this recipe. Can’t wait to make it!!!

    So glad you shared it in this week’s Mingle Monday!

  6. Katrina says:

    This looks simply amazing! Great recipe.

  7. Pam says:

    What a great lemonade that I’ll have to try! If only there was a beach nearby to enjoy it on!

  8. teresa says:

    i’m so in love with this drink that i can barely stand it. i bet those herbs made this amazing!

  9. Joanne says:

    The basil and mint combo in the lemonade sounds SO refreshing! I’m picturing all of you guys out on your porch sipping this…sounds so picturesque!

  10. I think I’ll be trying this soon. 🙂

  11. Danielle S says:

    We are sipping this today! It’s 105 degrees here today in Minneapolis, MN so really glad you posted it! Thanks!

  12. kankana says:

    Mint syrup is one of my fav .. never tried with basil though. Tells me it is going to me awsm 🙂

  13. This looks so refreshing for the heat that we have to look forward to the next few months!

  14. I have never thought to add basil to lemonade, but I’m sure it’ll be just delicious. And I’m a sucker for any summer beverage stuck in a mason jar. 😉

  15. Lynn says:

    That looks delightful! My herb garden is coming along slowly but I’ll be making this as soon as I can harvest enough basil and mint.

  16. Katie says:

    Oh, man. This looks unbelievably refreshing! I think the Diet Coke I’m drinking right now definitely pales in comparison. 🙂

  17. This sounds very refreshing; perfect for the long hot summer that’s upon us.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    I just love this recipe. I will definitely be trying it, once my basil has grown 🙂

  19. Susan says:

    I have some tiny basil seedlings on my kitchen windowsill just waited to be planted on into the greenhouse and eventually the garden. A very short season here in the UK for basil, so I hope I can harvest enough to make this delicious version of lemonade. Mint isn’t a problem it grows in abundance. What type of mint did you use? I have apple mint, ginger mint and spearmint growing.

    • Deborah says:

      Susan – I’m actually not sure what kind of mint it was. I just bought it at the supermarket, and it was just labeled as “mint”. I’m sure any kind would be delicious, though!

  20. WOW. This looks DELICIOUS! I am definitely going to make this. Thanks for sharing!

  21. This looks so yummy! I bet it would go great with vodka. 😉

  22. kaba blanket says:

    I made this recipe for a block party last week, and it was a huge hit!
    I spiked it with ginger vodka for adult’s version of it, and people just kept coming back for more. Thanks for such a nice recipe!!

  23. Diana says:

    If I used Agave nectar in place of sugar would I just skip the stovetop and add it in?

    • Deborah says:

      @Diana, I haven’t tried making it with agave, so I’m not sure. I actually haven’t used agave very much at all, so I’m not very familiar with it or how to use it.

  24. vickie says:

    Hello. I just heard about this recipe today on the tube. I have a question about the recipe on the site. WHY is it written twice on the lemonade ingredients? Should the ingredients be repeated twice or is this a misprint?Just want to make sure before my basil and mint is ruined. smile .

  25. amazing recipe.. thnx for posting, my husband will love it surely!

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