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  2. Basil Lemonade Recipe

The upcoming weather here in Iowa is forecasted to be hot and humid (honestly one week to the next, our weather changes drastically). With the summer-like temperatures, refreshing drinks are on my mind. Although, when aren’t they?! I know it’s super easy to buy a lemonade mix or a pre-made one. But come on, it really is so simple to make your own. A few lemons, sugar, and water, and hello: summer in a glass.

There is nothing more classic than lemonade. But as usual, I like to make it unique and different for a change. And I can’t stop coming up with recipes, so I’ve dubbed this week “Lemonade Week” here at The Farm! First up: a basil-infused lemonade. It sounds odd, but tastes perfect!

This is the first of three delicious lemonades this week that epitomizes the essence of summer for me!

Watch how to make this basil lemonade:

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More Lemonade Week

The top of a glass of lemonade with ice and a straw.

Basil Lemonade

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Refreshing drinks are the perfect reprieve for hot summer temperatures. It’s super easy to buy a lemonade mix or a pre-made one. But it really is so simple to make your own. A few lemons, sugar, and water, and hello: summer in a glass.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 cups


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ⅓ cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice


  • Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Once at a boil and sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add basil leaves. Cover with lid and allow to steep at least 30 minutes. This infuses the simple syrup with the flavor of basil.
  • While the syrup is being infused, juice the lemons. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Once the syrup has steeped, strain to remove basil leaves and chill until cool.
  • To assemble lemonade, mix the lemon juice and basil-infused syrup in a pitcher. Stir and pour over ice.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 195kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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I’m Kaleb! I'm not a chef, professional baker, landscaper, or designer, but I like to play each on Knollgate Farm. Come join me on my journey and let's learn together!

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  1. Kaleb,
    Sounds yummy! Do you know about how many lemons it will take to get the 2 cups of fresh lemon juice? Thanks!

    1. For large lemons it takes about 4 lemons per cup. This is a very approximate proportion though, so always have a few extra on hand!