Thai Basil Lemonade (Or, I Can Muddle That!)
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The possibilities for muddled drinks are endless! Any type of tender herb (like mint or thyme leaves) can be muddled without straining. If using tougher herbs such as lavender or rosemary, straining is a good idea. If serving to kids, straining is always recommended! This method can work with any kind of lemonade, limeade, club soda, or agua fresca. Some or all of the sugar can be substituted with stevia to taste.
Recipe type: Drink, Beverage
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large organic lemons, quartered
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 2 or 3 juicy medium lemons
  • ½ cup (packed) thai basil leaves
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 3-4 cups ice
  • additional lemon slices to garnish
  1. Make the simple syrup: Heat both sugars, and one cup of the water in a small saucepan, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the quartered lemon, thai basil leaves, and half of the simple syrup in the bottom of a large pitcher. Using a muddler, or a wooden spoon, crush and smash the lemon pieces and basil leaves, until the basil is fragrant and appears bruised. Add the lemon juice, the remaining 8 cups water, and ice to the pitcher, and stir to combine. Sweeten to taste with the remaining simple syrup. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices.
Recipe by Spoon With Me at