It may not be blueberry season just yet, but I was craving something sweet and summery and couldn’t resist the urge to create a refreshing batch of homemade blueberry basil lemonade! It’s just the right amount of sweet and tart with a fresh twist of basil to remind you that summer is right around the corner!
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups (12oz) fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6-8 large lemons)
7 cups cold water
Ice for serving
Sliced lemons, fresh blueberries, and basil leaves for garnish
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add blueberries and basil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture steep until completely cooled down. About 45 minutes to an hour.
In a large pitcher (or you can divide it between two) add lemon juice and 7 cups of cold water. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain blueberry and basil mixture into the pitcher and discard solids. Stir until mixed. Depending on the tartness of your lemons or sweetness of your blueberries, you may want to add an additional cup of water to tone down a too sweet or too tart of a batch, so make sure you taste test before serving!
Pour over ice, garnish, and serve!