Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade
This is the drink that inspired my Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Cupcakes. This is a really refreshing, delicious drink to have around on a hot day.

1 cup granulated sugar

6 – 8 cups water, divided

a handful of fresh basil leaves

1 cup puréed strawberries

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Add the sugar and 2 cups of the water to a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a rapid simmer and the sugar has dissolved, about 7 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the basil leaves, and cover the saucepan. Let steep for 10 minutes, then check the flavour of the simple syrup. If you don’t taste enough basil in it, steep for 5 to 10 minutes more and check again. Measure out 1 cup of the syrup.

In a large pitcher, combine the strawberry purée, the lemon juice, and 1 cup of the basil syrup. Stir to combine. Add 4 cups water and taste. Pour in additional water if the flavour is too strong. Chill until cold and serve over ice.