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    Basil Lemonade

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    35 mins

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    Chef Edlear's Note:

    a pleasant variation of this favorite summertime drink. prep time does not include the chilling time.

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    1. 1
      Heat together the water, basil, vanilla bean and sugar in a large saucepan. When it just comes to a simmer, put on a tight fitting lid, remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 20 minutes.
    2. 2
      Strain, add the lemon juice, and chill.
    3. 3
      Do not scrape the vanilla bean. Set it aside to dry and store to reuse the next time.
    4. 4
      Divide the lemonade among 4 - 6 tall, ice filled glasses and garnish with the lemon wedges and basil sprigs.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 05, 2011


      I used a fourth of the vanilla so it wouldn't be too overpowering, but it was still very strong to me. The basil flavor is quite subtle, so I am wondering if what the other reviewers were detecting was the vanilla. I thought this would be great as a frozen dessert, so put it in the ice cream machine. It made an excellent and very fluffy "shave ice" that we thoroughly enjoyed!

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    • on April 29, 2009


      This was a very different but refreshing lemonade drink. I think it would be excellent on a very hot day, and maybe with a little less basil, as 1 cup of fresh basil seemed a little much for our taste buds. But the addition of the vanilla bean really enhanced this drink the most. Thanks, Chef Edlear.

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    • on April 27, 2009


      I'm really torn here. I have to go with 4 stars because when I make it this summer I'll have to cut the basil down to about 1/2 cup. I personally love the full flavor but it's too strong for DH & the kids. I used fresh squeezed lemons & sweet basil. DH's comment was that the combination of lemon & basil was very refreshing but the initial punch of basil was a surprise. We'll be serving it this summer at our backyard BBQs. Thanks for sharing, Chef Edlear! Make & enjoyed for Spring 2009 Pick A Chef Orphanage.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basil Lemonade

    Serving Size: 1 (191 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 160.9
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 6.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 41.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 38.9 g
    Protein 0.5 g

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