• Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus overnight steeping
  • Cooking Time: N/A
  • Difficulty: Easy

When we’re looking for a cool and refreshing drink on a hot summer day, chances are we’ll grab something quick and readily available. After all, most of the time we will be “on the go” and won’t necessarily have a fridge with our own stash of drinks handy. When, however, we have a little time to plan ahead, there’s no excuse to go for the ready-made, sugar-packed soft drinks from the supermarket’s chill section. A far better, healthier and – if I might say so myself – tastier option is a homemade lemonade.

Now, if you’re expecting a sugary and fizzy version, I’m sorry to disappoint. This lemonade is neither fizzy nor overly sweet. Instead it’s full of fresh flavours and a hint of sweetness provided by honey. It’s all natural and a real thirst-quencher and when loaded with ice cubes makes the most refreshing summer drink. Curious? Well, here’s the recipe. I hope you’ll like it as much as we do in my house.


here's what you'll need...

  • 5 lemons
  • 30 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100ml water
  • 2l water
  • ice cubes

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Finely chop the basil leaves.

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  • 2

    Put the chopped leaves into a bowl and mix with the honey. Add 100ml of water.

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  • 3

    Now squeeze the juice from the lemons.

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  • 4

    Add the lemon juice to the basil/honey mix and put the bowl into the fridge and leave to steep over night.

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  • 5

    When ready to serve put some ice cubes into a large jug.

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  • 6

    Pour the basil mix through a sieve into the jug.

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    Top with water and stir.

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    Serve cold and enjoy!

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By Carole Poirot on 17.08.16

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