Basil Infused Limeade

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I don’t know about you, but my summer has been insanely busy! From catering huge parties for 100 people, cooking for small dinner parties and fundraisers, taking a few vacations, remembering that I have to sleep from time to time, and planning some new exciting things for What’s Gaby Cooking… this last month has felt like a whirlwind of activity! When I get super busy and just need a little time to myself to relax, there is nothing quite like sitting by the pool, basking in the sun, with a nice refreshing drink. This Basil Infused Limeade was just the thing I needed this past weekend when trying to catch up with life.

Ever since I made my Strawberry Basil Lemonade earlier this spring, I have been obsessed with adding basil to beverages. I add it to cocktails, I add it to water with a few slices of fruit and I add it to non-alcoholic beverages too! This limeade is super simple to make and it is the perfect accessory for a hot summer day for both kids and adults.

I brought this along for a weekend picnic with friends recently, and it was devoured in a matter of seconds. It is the perfect combination of a childhood favorite drink with a little sass from the infused basil. Not to mention, homemade limeade is really quite simple and so much better than store bought limeade because you can really taste the freshness from the limes!

Basil Infused Limeade


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup basil leaves


  • In a large pitcher combine the water, sugar and lime zest and stir to combine. Add the lime juice and basil leave and let the mixture marinate for at least 2 hours. Pour the mixture through a strainer into another pitcher. Add ice and serve.


  1. Mmmmm. Sitting by the pool sounds good enough for me, but adding this to the poolside sounds even better!! My basil is almost big enough to start using, so I will add this to my file!

  2. This looks like just the drink to beat the heat, Gaby – Great recipe! It reminds me of the potent “beerita” (beer-limeade-tequila) that friends served up for July 4th, haha! Actually pretty good, and tasted just like a margarita…

    1. omg I have totally had a beerita before!! Can we bring those to the pot luck on Saturday! hehe

    1. WHAT!! 12 Kinds of Basil….. that’s it…. clear out the guest room… I’m moving in!

  3. MMM This sounds so good! I remember having something like this at The Naked Lunch in San Francisco. I was in love with it! now i am super excited to make it myself! Thanks Gaby 🙂

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