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Recipe: Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

Recipe: Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Mariana Romaniv/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

Quench your thirst with a sip of Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade—a whimsical and refreshing drink perfect for sunny days and special moments! This enchanting lemonade combines the tart flavor of freshly squeezed lemons, a touch of sweetness, and the subtle herbal note of basil! Let the fairy tale unfold!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Equipment Checklist

  • Pitcher
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Citrus squeezer or strainer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon or whisk
scale
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Ingredients

Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

  • 3 lemons
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor—check label)**
  • 2 T fresh basil, chopped (about 5 leaves)
  • 4 C cold water

Food Allergen Substitutions

Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

  • Gluten/Wheat: Use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor.

Instructions

Fairy-Tale Basil Lemonade

1.
chop

Roughly chop 2 tablespoons of basil (about 5 leaves) and place them at the bottom of a pitcher.

2.
squeeze + measure

Cut 3 lemons in half and, using a juicer or strainer, squeeze the lemon juice into a pitcher. Then, measure and pour 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into the pitcher.

3.
stir + serve

Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or a whisk until the sugar dissolves. Stir in 4 cups of cold water. Once the sugar is dissolved fully, pour over ice or drink it as is.

Surprise Ingredient: Basil!

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Hi! I’m Basil!

"Ciao (chow)! I'm Basil! But you can also call me Genovese basil (that's Italian, from Genoa). My leaves are usually used fresh, added late in cooking to keep my flavor. If you combine me with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese, you'll have a yummy, green Italian sauce called "pesto," which is good on pasta. You'll also find me on a delicious but simple pizza from Naples, Italy, called "pizza margherita." Besides fresh basil leaves, Neapolitans (people from Naples) traditionally top this pizza with a tomato sauce from San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt. Of course, basil is good in dishes from many countries!" 

History

  • A long time ago, Greeks and Romans believed basil would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted while sowing the seeds. They also thought that If you left a basil leaf under a pot, it would turn into a scorpion!
  • Basil may have originated in India; there are speculations that it originally came from tropical areas spanning from Southeast Asia to Central Africa. 
  • Ancient Egyptians used to use basil to embalm the dead and prepare for burial.
  • In Italy, basil is considered a token of love, and in Romania, if a girl gives a sprig of basil to her boyfriend, they are engaged. 

Anatomy & Etymology

  • Basil is a part of the mint family. There are 50 to 150 species, including Genovese (Italian) basil (the most common), Thai basil, cinnamon basil, lemon basil, lettuce basil, spicy globe basil, and green ruffles basil! Each type of basil has a unique aroma and taste. 
  • Leaves of the basil plant tend to be oval-shaped, shiny, and smooth-edged. Their edges cup slightly. 
  • Basil plants can grow to be from 8 inches to 4 feet high. 
  • Basil has seeds that can germinate after 10 years!
  • Basil will grow small flowers that look like spikes at the top of the plant. The flowers are edible, but we generally eat and use just the leaves.
  • The word "basil" comes from the Greek "vasilikos," which also means "royal." It is believed that basil was once used in royal perfumes. 

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • Basil grows best in hot climates. When harvesting basil, pinch or cut the leaves at the stem from the top of the plant down. Select a few large leaves rather than snipping the whole stem. Choose leaves that are bright and free from blemishes. Picking leaves encourages the plant to produce more leaves. 
  • You could also try growing basil in a pot on your kitchen window sill, so it's easy to pick what you need when you need it.
  • Wash basil gently and pat dry. When you buy basil from the store, it will often come with its stems. Trim the ends of the stems and store in a glass of water as you would a bunch of flowers. Basil stores best at room temperature.
  • Use fresh basil leaves in salads, salad dressings, sauces, pasta, marinades, and sandwiches. Basil leaves in cold water make a nice summer refresher, or add some mint with the leaves to make a digestive hot tea. Basil can be dried or blanched and frozen. Dried basil enhances the flavor of tomato soup.

Nutrition

  • Basil contains 98% of our DV of Vitamin K1 in just one-half of a cup! Vitamin K1 is essential for blood clotting. For example, when we get a cut, we need our blood to clot so that the bleeding will stop and our cut will heal. 
  • Basil contains carotenoids—those powerful plant-based nutrients that protect our cells from oxidation (rust) and enhance immunity. 
  • Essential oils found in basil not only give it its aromatic and therapeutic scent but are also anti-inflammatory. 
  • Basil has been shown to act as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural substances that help us respond in a healthful way to stress. So the next time you're feeling stressed, grab a handful of basil, hold it to your nose, and breathe in deeply. Then, toss it in your salad and eat it.

 

History of Lemonade!

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  • Lemonade was probably the first of the fruitades. Ancient Egyptians made a drink with lemons and sugar cane called "qatarmizat" in the 11th century. In 1676 a Parisian company was the first to sell lemonade. 
  • Old-fashioned lemonade, or cloudy lemonade, is made from the juice of freshly squeezed lemons, non-carbonated water, and sugar and is a very popular summer drink in the United States and Canada. 
  • Pink lemonade includes other fruit juice, like grape juice, or food coloring to make it pink. Ireland uses brown sugar to sweeten their lemonade and calls it brown lemonade. 
  • Many countries have other varieties, including France, which serves "citron pressé," providing lemon, water, and sweetener to customers who prefer to measure and mix their own lemonade.
  • To get even more flavor from the lemon (or any fruit), you can make a lemon crush by pressing (muddling) pieces of the squeezed, unpeeled lemon (make sure it's been washed!) in the bottom of the glass or pitcher.

  • Limeade is another popular citrus fruit-flavored drink made with lime juice, water, and sugar.

Lettuce Joke Around

What is a seagull's favorite herb? 

BAY-sil!

The Yolk's On You

What do you give an injured lemon?

Lemon-aid!

That's Berry Funny

What did the lemon say to the cake? 

"Sour you doing?"

THYME for a Laugh

Why did the lemon stop halfway across the road? 

He ran out of juice!

The Yolk's On You

Why did the lemon have no friends? 

Because she was a sour-puss!

Lettuce Joke Around

What did the basil say to the chef? 

Stop pesto-ing me!

That's Berry Funny

"Knock, knock!

"Who’s there? 

"Noah!

"Noah who? 

"Noah herb named Basil?

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