Basil Lemonade

This sparkling basil lemonade recipe is a refreshing summertime drink, made with fresh lemons and basil. These two flavors come together nicely in this sparkling drink. It’s easy to make lemonade from scratch and it tastes better too!

Speaking of refreshing beverages, this green tea hibiscus fruit punch is pretty amazing too!

Two glasses of lemonade have fresh lemon slices on the glasses. There's a lemon behind it, and basil sprigs in front of it. There's a pitcher of more of the beverage behind it.

If you are like me and grew up drinking lemonade from frozen concentrate, you’re in for a real treat with today’s recipe. We’re making a homemade basil lemonade that is so refreshing and easy to make too! You’ll wonder why you haven’t made lemonade from scratch before!

How do you make lemonade from scratch?

To make homemade lemonade, you’ll need to create the lemon concentrate. To do that, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and water together. You can either add this to a pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar, or cook it in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. This is your lemonade concentrate. To serve, add ice to a glass along with lemon slices. Pour in some of the concentrate with some additional water or club soda (for a fizzy lemonade).

That’s the simple truth. But let’s talk about basil lemonade. For example, why do these two flavors go together?

I can imagine your question might be, will the flavor of the basil will overwhelm this drink? The answer is no. In fact, the basil only adds a mild aftertaste, which is actually very tasty!

A glass sits in front of a pitcher. Both hold lemonade with fresh lemons and basil leaves.

How to Make Basil Lemonade

You can make this refreshing Basil Lemonade in less than 10 minutes! Here are the steps:

Looking down on a cutting board with cut and zested lemons. There's a vegetable peeler and a fruit juicer beside it too.
  1. Use fresh lemons to create strips of lemon zest. Then juice the lemons.
  2. Stir and cook the water, sugar, and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat and add the basil leaves and lemon zest strips. Allow this to seep for 5 – 10 minutes. 
  4. Strain the lemon basil syrup, to remove the basil and zest pieces.
  5. Pour the strained concentrate into a mason jar or lidded container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (at least one hour).
A saucepan holds liquid with lemon zest and basil leaves.

Serving Lemonade

When you’re ready to serve the lemonade, add ice to a glass and pour in some of the lemonade concentrate. Then add either water or club soda.

Be sure to garnish the serving glasses with basil sprigs and sliced lemon.

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Two glasses hold lemonade. There's sprigs of basil in front of the glass and a cutting board with freshly cut lemons behind it.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Two glasses hold lemonade with lemon slices and fresh basil sprigs.

Italian Basil Lemonade

This Italian Basil Lemonade is served up with the best of fresh and fizziness, with lemons, basil, and sparkling water.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Basil Lemonade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Marly


Lemon Basil Syrup

  • 3 lemons
  • cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

Serving Basil Lemonade

  • 2 cups water or club soda chilled
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish with lemon slices and basil sprigs


For the Lemon Basil Syrup

  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer of the lemons, creating several strips of lemon zest. Use a juicer to extract juice from the peeled lemons.
  • Combine sugar, water, and 1 cup lemon juice (supplementing with additional lemon juice as needed to equal one cup) in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until this mixture comes to a simmer and the sugar disolves. Remove from heat and add the basil leaves and lemon zest strips. Allow the basil to seep for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Strain the lemon basil syrup, to remove the basil and zest pieces. Pour this into a mason jar or lidded container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (at least one hour).

For Serving

  • When you're ready to serve the lemonade, add the water or club soda, crushed ice and basil sprigs to a pitcher with the lemonade concentrate. Pour into individual glasses. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and lemon slices.

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Nutrition Facts
Italian Basil Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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21 Responses to Basil Lemonade

  1. I love the idea of basil in this lemonade. Such a sophisticated twist on a simple classic drink. I agree that it is special when we women come together to support or have fun together. These kinds of parties, virtual or not, always make me feel so connected to others.

  2. Oh Marly, I’m loving this! Thank you so much for being part of my shower, what a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning, I feel so loved. I want a tall glass of this lemonade right now!! Florida is hot and this looks so refreshing!!



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