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Strawberry Basil Lemonade with Honey

This refreshing lemonade uses honey instead of granulated sugar to make a strawberry basil simple syrup.
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 111kcal


  • 2 cups strawberries halved
  • 1 cup basil leaves loosely packed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 10 lemons


  • Combined the strawberries, basil, honey, and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let the mixture cook down for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the berries are pale red and the mixture is slightly thickened.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and strain it through a mesh sieve into a bowl or jar. Discard the cooked berries and basil. You should have about 2 cups of simple syrup.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the strawberry basil syrup with the lemon juice. Add 2 to 3 cups water, and stir well. Cover the pitcher, and refrigerate until cold. Or you can serve it right away over ice.
  • Feel free to add some additional plain or sparkling water for serving, or a splash of vodka or another alcohol to make a cocktail if desired. Garnish with sliced strawberries and basil leaves. Enjoy!


  • The nutrition facts may be slightly off, since the strawberries are discarded after cooking.
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries can be used.
  • The strawberry basil syrup can be made in advance and kept in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. You can also freeze it for up to six months.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg