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Basil Limeade

The ratio for the perfect balance between the acidity of the lemon and the sweetness of the sugar you add is 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup lemon juice.

The best way to add the sugar is to make syrup with it. That way the sugar crystals will dissolve and you will get a nice smooth beverage.

I made Basil Lemonade a couple of weeks ago because I had family coming over and I wanted something refreshing and natural to serve them.  I used basil syrup to sweeten my lemonade.  The original recipe is as follows and my version further down below.


Perfect Lemonade

Perfect Lemonade

Recipe by Simply Recipes
Makes 6 glasses

1 cup sugar, can be reduced to ¾ cup
1 cup water, for the simple syrup
1 cup lime juice
3 to 4 cups cold water, to dilute the limeade


  1. To make the simple syrup, heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
  2. Juice 4 to 6 lemons (or limes, if that’s what you have at home), until you get 1 cup of juice.
  3. Add the lemon juice and syrup to a pitcher, followed by 3 to 4 cups of cold water, depending on how strong you want your lemonade.
  4. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. Taste, and if the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more lemon juice.
  5. Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Basil Lemonade

  1. Make Basil Syrup
  2. Add 1 cup of basil syrup to 1 cup lemon juice and 3-4 cups cold water.
  3. Serve cold.

Perfect Lemonade

Perfect Lemonade

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