Mint&Basil Lemonade <3
4-5 medium sized lemons
1 1/2 c. sugar (you’re welcome to add to taste)
A dozen basil leaves
A dozen mint leaves
First, make the simple syrup by adding some water to a sauce pan and letting it simmer. Turn the heat off and add the sugar and stir until it’s dissolved. Set that aside to cool.
Cut some lemon rounds or thin wedges for presentation and set aside. Juice the lemons and have the lemon juice ready in a pitcher. With a mortar and pestle, pulverize 2/3 of the mint and basil leaves—I save the other 1/3 (usually the smaller, petite leaves) as decoration. Add the juice and the pulp to the pitcher and give it a stir. You may now add the simple syrup as you stir. Add 2 cups of water and about a cup of ice cubes. Give it another mix and set the lemon rounds on top; now you’re good to go! *thumbsup*