Quench your thirst without the added sugar or carbs with this tangy, sweet, basil lemonade!
What’s a refreshing beverage, sweet and tangy, full of childhood memories from time with Grandma? Maybe you even sold it on a front lawn stand, earning a full nickel or dime per frosty glass. Since flavors can evoke memories for so many, it’s no surprise that this drink stands the test of time in popularity. You’ll still find it by the gallon at picnics, large gatherings, and parties.
What is this sweet, tangy beverage? Lemonade.
What’s a peppery, spicy herb that is common in many cuisines and has loads of flavor? It’s found in so many home gardens, grown by the garden bed full. Rich in flavor, it’s the main attraction in many pestos, pizza toppings, and even combined with homemade cheeses for an out of this world flavor. This herb graces many kitchens on a regular basis and is the source of a lot of salads and dressings.
What is this peppery bite? Basil.
- helping with indigestion
- assisting with weight loss
- easing respiratory disorders
- Good source of Vitamin C
- may help prevent kidney stones
- may reduce cancer risks
- helps digestion
- may help strengthen immune system
- contains antioxidents and magnesium
When you put the two of them together, you get an amazing result of basil lemonade!
This basil lemonade is tangy, refreshing, and so tasty! Normally, lemonade is made with lots of sugar to combat the tartness of the lemons, but this one is keto friendly! Using stevia for sweetness helps to keep insulin levels low, since it has no impact on it.
Are you ready to make this delicious drink? You can use it as a post-workout recovery drink, by adding a pinch of salt as well. Keep a gallon in your fridge for those days when just plain water won’t do.
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- 4 cups cold water
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup lemon juice (bottled or fresh)
Start by making your basil syrup.
In a heavy bottomed pot, add the basil, and cover with the water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow to cool.
Strain out basil, and add stevia to the water.
Stir in stevia.
Store syrup in the fridge.
To make lemonade:
Add 2 cups syrup to a gallon sized pitcher.
Stir in 1 cup lemon juice.
Add 8 cups fresh, cold water.
Fill remainder of pitcher with ice.
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