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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 5


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 lb hulled and sliced, plus extra for garnish strawberries
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed, plus extra for garnish basil leaves
  • 2 cups (fresh, if possible) lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 quarts (cold) plus one cup for cooking strawberries water


Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add strawberries and basil and cook at a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until completely cool.

Strain the strawberry syrup and discard the solids.

In a one-gallon container, add lemon juice, water and strawberry basil syrup.

Stir until well mixed. Stir in additional garnishes, if desired.