This A.M. get ready for the weekend and stock up your refrigerator with this purple basil iced tea lemonade. This delicious concoction will have you drinking to your hearts content!
Purple basil, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine is also known for various other herbal uses. It is a traditional remedy that has been used in various cultures for hundreds of years for many uses besides cooking. Apparently, it can calm the stomach, reduce stress and help level out blood sugar. For more reasons to use basil visit wellnessmama.com
|Ready poured glasses chilling before guests arrive!|
|Mixing all the ingredients|
|Use a strainer and pour contents into a pitcher|
|My homemade version of a mortar and pestle- Granny Taylor's Apple Sauce thingy!|
(Purple Basil Iced Tea Lemonade)
4 cups of home brewed green tea
1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh)
1/2 cup purple basil leaves
6 tbsps sugar
4 cups ice
4 sprigs basil (purple)
(Add vodka or rum for adults!)
Combine tea and juice in a large bowl.
Place 1/2 cup basil and sugar in a mortar; pound with pestle until a paste forms.
Add sugar mixture into juice mixture; stir until sugar dissolves.
Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
Place 1 cup of ice in each of 4 glasses.
Pour about 1 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each serving with 1 basil sprig.
Have a great weekend!
For more basil recipes, try:
Purple Basil Pesto Pizza Pie
Thai Basil Chicken
Venetian Shrimp and Scallops