Friday Cocktail – Basil Lemonade

Having a summer wedding out of doors? Offer your guests a cool, refreshing and unique refreshment upon their arrival, such as Basil Lemonade. It's deceptively simple yet packs a big flavor kick.

Basil Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
8 cups lemonade

Bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and mixture thickens (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat, add the basil and let cool. Strain the syrup and discard the solids. Mixture will keep up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.Basil Lemonade

Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into a glass filled with ice and top with lemonade then garnish with fresh basil sprig.

This delicious syrup also works well with iced tea, Prosecco, sparkling water or ginger ale.

Photo and recipe courtesy Real Simple

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