Basil Lime and Lemonade

If I had to choose I reckon I would choose a lime over a lemon anytime. They just seem a bit more special somehow. I’ve seen plenty of recipes for homemade lemonade but not that many for homemade limeade. I actually ended up using a mixture of lemon and lime juice to make this, mostly because I ran out of limes. If you give your limes a quick blast in the microwave before squeezing them you’ll get much more juice out than if you squeeze them cold. Who knew I gave out useful life tips? You’re welcome.
Basil Lemonade - All That I'm Eating (1 of 2)

You will need:

Small handful basil leaves
3 tbsp sugar
750ml sparkling water
125ml freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice (I used three limes and one lemon)
Ice to serve
 
Put the basil and sugar into a jug and bash it together with a rolling pin or muddler until the basil is well bruised and it smells lovely.
Add the water and lime/lemon juice and stir it all together until the sugar is dissolved.
Add some ice to the jug and glasses and serve.
Basil Lemonade - All That I'm Eating (2 of 2)

Trust me on the basil for this, it gives the drink a really interesting flavour; sort of floral and quite earthy. I made this quite strong as I prefer a mouth puckering, not too sweet lemonade but you could add more or less sugar and juice to suit your taste. I have made this with flat water but I do think that the sparkling is slightly better. It’s really refreshing and ideal for a warm evening but I will definitely make it later on in the year as a citrus pick-me-up.

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