Italian Lemonade

Yield: Approximately 8 servings

Italian Lemonade


  • 2 C. water
  • 1 1/2 C. (375 g) sugar
  • 2 bunches coarsely chopped basil, about 2 C.
  • 2 C. (500 ml) lemon juice
  • Add 12 C. (3 liters) sparkling or filtered water


  1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the basil leaves and set aside to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid into a pitcher; add the lemon juice and chill.
  4. Add the sparkling water and pour over ice to serve. Taste the lemonade after adding about 8 C. (2 liters). Some like the lemonade stronger than others, so find the strength you like.

Italian Lemonade is found on page 19 of Around Our Table.

One Comment

  1. 3-10-2020

    Yummy lemonade

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