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Sparkling Italian Lemonade

Prep Time20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 bunch fresh basil , washed and stemmed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups lemon juice , from about 12 to 15 lemons
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water
  • Ice


  • To make the syrup, combine the basil, sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Simmer and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool and strain. Set aside or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Mix the lemon juice, the basil syrup and sparkling water together in a pitcher. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour over glasses filled with ice.
  • Source: Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis, via The Food Network


Serving: 1g