Strawberry Basil Lemonade


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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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Gaby Dalkin
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  • 10 lemons juiced, about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 8-10 strawberries tops removed
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup gin or vodka optional


  • Juice the lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher.
  • Add the sugar and the water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the strawberries and basil.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped.
  • Add alcohol if desired. Serve over crushed ice and enjoy!
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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    This looks refreshing! I can imagine myself sitting in the sun enjoying. I have strawberries and basil growing in my backyard right now, so looks like this recipes will be making an appearance at least once this summer.

  2. Kasey

    This sounds so refreshing, Gaby! It’s exactly the thing I want to be drinking on my bday this weekend 🙂

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Is a glug a finger? ’cause that’s how I measure. And it’d be a three-finger pour in my book. But, yeah, I’m all over this lemonade. It’s going to be a summer favorite, I know it.

  4. Des

    Yes! I need this in my life. I am a huge fan of strawberry lemonade and have been for years, why I never thought to put basil in it is beyond me. I need to try this ASAP. And I’m sure Kellan will love it too. I’ll just leave the gin out 😉

  5. laurasmess

    This looks so delicious! I love gin, it’s my favourite spirit. I can just imagine how well all the flavours would blend together in this! By the way, where did you get those gorgeous straws? They are so cute! I’ve got striped and polka dot ones but I’d love to buy the floral for summertime (which, by the way, is about six months away for us in Australia now! Sob! Winter in two days)

    • Gaby

      The straws my mom got for me on etsy! she doesn’t remember where – but she just searched “cute straws!”

  6. Erica

    Is there an alternative to the immersion blender? Will mixing it by hand be enough?

    • Gaby

      you could use a blender!! or a food processor

    • Cherie Roe

      It tastes delicious but ours turned very ugly brown. Thoughts? We used all fresh ingredients but blending the strawberries with basil made it a funny color.

  7. Jenny Flake

    Ok, now I need to make some lemonade today!! Beautiful!!!

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  9. BrendaK

    This was wonderful! I made it one time with vodka and one time with gin – preferred the gin. I doubled it to one cup too. I made a day in advance and then poured through sieve to remove the bits of basil. Maybe I didn’t blend it enough.