Sweet Basil Lemonade

      I don’t believe there’s another beverage that embodies summer better than a chilled glass of lemonade. It’s wonderful how something so simplistic can evoke so many emotions and memories in one sip. I know I’ve seen a handful of kids with lemonade stands on my weekend yard sale excursions. I remember the typical lemonade growing up was a powder mixture version if you were at my house. I mean, don’t persecute my mother for robbing us of the purity that is lemonade. She would still garnish it with a couple of real fruit slices. But I recollect a visit to my grandma’s house was the real deal, usually in the center of the table atop one of her linen table cloths finished with lace corners. Sweet Basil Lemonade: Recipe by The Local Forkful     My grandmother was a hard-line woman but you could occasionally get over on her. If you wanted dessert, it was either a glass of lemonade or one scoop of ice cream. It was rarely ever both.

     Lemonade is so easy to make but most people shutter at the thought of having to juice all the lemons. And well you should just suck it up because you’ll thank yourself when its all over. Not to mention, its pretty inexpensive to make and a little lemon juice can go a long way depending upon your tart preference. I hope you enjoy this as much as the wife and I have over the last week. Yum.Sweet Basil Lemonade: Recipe by The Local Forkful


1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup basil simple syrup
2-3 quarts water
lemon slices & basil leaves for garnish

1. Pour water and sugar into a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Allow all sugar to dissolve. Allow syrup to cool.
2. Add sugar and water mixture, lemon juice and basil simple syrup into a pitcher or serving bowl. Stir until all components are combined. Add water 1 quart at a time and taste until the desired sweetness is reached. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite summer drinks? What does your family and friends do to keep the summer time light and refreshing?Sweet Basil Lemonade: Recipe by The Local Forkful

Serving Suggestions:
I always like to encourage my readers to step outside the box. Get creative! A few finely minced or crushed strawberries or raspberries would be a great addition to this drink. And if you’re feeling bold, maybe even a splash of vodka wouldn’t hurt.

Basil Simple Syrup

How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local ForkfulThe Summer is coming to an end so quickly and I have so many recipes that I want to give you. But my, how times flies when you’re having fun. Well, that’s a lie. You all are having fun while I’m working six days a week, blogging and trying to squeeze in the occasional nap (sigh). But any-who, here is a simple recipe that will be a great addition to all of your summer cocktails and beverages. A little bit of basil, sugar and water opens the door to a plethora of pool-side drink concoctions. Enjoy!


1 cup Basil Leaves
1 cup water
1 cup sugar


1. In a sauce pot on medium high heat. Add the water and sugar. Allow the mixture to come to a boil or until liquid is clear and there are no sugar crystals visible. Once mixture is boiling, toss in basil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the eye, cover and let basil steep for 2 or more hours. Strain mixture and store into a container. It will keep for up to 2 months, but it probably won’t last that long.
How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local Forkful

Serving Suggestions:

I personally enjoy using the syrup in lemonade, cake recipes and icing. I heard it also makes a killer cocktail! Let me know what creative ways you use your simple syrup.

Basil can also be substituted for Rosemary, Mint or Thyme(only 1/2 cup for Thyme).
How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local Forkful