Recipe by Gone Fishin'
This comes from Giada De Laurentis, who is probably one of my favorite celebrity chefs. This is just perfect for our hot Texas summers. Divide the pitcher into 2, 1 for the kiddos and 1 for the adults. Add a little Vodka to the adult one for a cool refreshing adult beverage.
- 2 cups lemon juice, about 12 to 15 lemons
- 2 cups sparkling water
- basil, for garnish
Basil Simple Syrup (use 2 cups)
- 1 bunch fresh basil, washed and stemmed
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
Directions See How It's Made
- 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 basil.