It is HOT out. What better way to cool down than with a refreshing herbal and/or berry lemonade!? I can’t think of any that don’t involve going to crowded pools or lakes. This is a simple recipe that can cool you off, tastes delicious and can be an easy way to add more herbs to your life!
1 1/4 cup white sugar (you can use less if you prefer less sugar)
9 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 6 juiced lemons)
1 cup of your favorite berries
A handful of herb leaves, torn into pieces: basil, sage, holy basil, mint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, lavender, ginger, hibiscus, rosehips, etc. The options are endless!
Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to create a syrup.. Place berries and herbs in the boiling syrup. Cook fruit/syrup for 5 minutes on a low boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain mixture into a pitcher with a fine mesh strainer. Strain lemon juice into pitcher. Add remaining 8 cups of water and stir well. Chill and serve.
I like pulp, so I will just strain out the seeds and add the pulp of the lemon and berries back into the lemonade.
I like cold lemonade and don’t like to wait, I will use instead 4 cups of ice and 4 cups of water at the end instead of the 8 cups of water.