Italian Lemonade


4 to 6 servings
Basil Simple Syrup
1 bunch fresh basil, washed and stemmedbasil1
2 cups sugarsugar2
1 cup waterwater1
2 cups lemon juice, about 12 to 15 lemonslemon(s)14
2 cups Basil Simple Syrupbasil simple syrup2
2 cups cold or sparkling watersparkling water2
Lemon twists, for garnishlemon(s)1


Basil Simple Syrup
In a saucepan combine basil, sugar, and water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 5 minutes. Cool, strain the simple syrup, and store in the refrigerator.
Mix lemon juice, Basil Simple Syrup, and water together in a pitcher. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour over ice filled glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.
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