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Basil Limeade Recipe

Enjoy your basil harvest this summer by using the fresh leaves to concoct this delicious Basil Limeade recipe.
By Caleb Melchior
June/July 2010
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Prepare this fresh-tasting Basil Limeade recipe and serve it at outdoor get-togethers.
Photo by Howard Lee Puckett


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• 1⁄4 cup lime juice
• 1⁄4 cup sugar
• Sweet basil sprigs
• Lime slices
• Crushed ice
• Club soda
• Sweet basil sprigs, lime slices for garnish

1. Combine lime juice and sugar in a jar or cocktail shaker; shake vigorously until combined. Put a sprig of basil and lime slices in the base of two 8-ounce glasses. Add lime mixture and ice to glasses; fill with club soda. Muddle with a spoon and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Note: Multiply this recipe by 4 to fill a pitcher.


Caleb Melchior studies landscape architecture. When not working in the studio, he writes about food and gardens. 

Click here for the main article, Basil Varieties: A Cook's Guide to Uncommon Basils.








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