I really don’t feel like I have enough drink recipes on the blog, which is a shame because I love a really good beverage. In fact, I make a lot of drinks at home (and no, they aren’t all boozy) and I almost always forget to snap some photos before I gulp ’em down. But not today! Not. Today.
Today, I have a really awesome, refreshing drink to share with you that only requires 4 ingredients. Today is also the first time that I’ve ever shared a non-alcoholic drink recipe on the blog. (Whaaat?! How’d it take me so long?) Not that I’m claiming that I’ve never turned these into a nice summer cocktail by replacing some of the water with rum or vodka… but, you know, not always.
Thai Basil Limeade is the kind of drink you want by your side when you’re hanging by the pool or relaxing in the sunshine. It has a similar citrusy flavor to lemonade, but is just slightly more sweet-and-sour, and it has a huge flavor kick from the bold minty and anise-esque flavors of what may very well be my all-time favorite herb: Thai basil.
If you can’t find Thai basil in your local grocery store or Asian market, just kindly ask the people at your favorite little Thai restaurant if you can buy some from them. That’s what I do when I’m too lazy– erh, I mean busy– to drive to H-Mart. You might be tempted to replace it with Italian basil, but it’s really quite different tasting! And of course, when there’s only four ingredients, it’s important that you use the real deal.
You’ll know exactly what I mean once you try it yourself and proceed to gush over it all summer long!Print
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 1/2 cups water, divided
- 1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, plus more to garnish
- Juice of 8 fresh limes, plus
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup of Thai basil, and 1/2 cup of water, stirring until fully dissolved. Heat for 3 minutes, and then remove from heat. Let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the basil leaves and discard, if desired.
- Squeeze the lime juice into a tall glass container. Mix in the sugar syrup. Add in 1 quart of ice cold water. Garnish glasses with lime wedges and additional basil. Mix, pour, and enjoy!
To get the most juice out of your limes, roll them on the table before slicing and using them. Rolling on a hard surface first releases more of the juices!
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