You never thought mixing basil and strawberry to make lemonade could taste so great!
Strawberry-basil lemonade is the best source of hydration in the scorching heat. This drink has a perfect combination of sour lemons and sweet strawberries.
To enhance the drink's hydration, we have added mint and basil. Moreover, it has antioxidants to help your body fight against inflammation.
In the end, there is a no-sugar strawberry basil lemonade recipe to help your weight-loss journey. Let us share the best strawberry-basil lemonade recipe and break down its ingredients.
Don't get fooled by their size - these little fruits are rich in vitamin C and gut-friendly fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and help against inflammation.
Plus, it gives our lemonade the perfect taste. Honestly, there is no other fruit that could taste better in lemonade than strawberries.
Fresh Lemon Juice
There is nothing like fresh lemons. They offer a perfect balance of zingy and sour, making them better than store-bought lemon juice.
Squeeze them using your hands, and don't worry about the seeds or that white pulpy part - we will strain the mixture later.
Basil leaves are nothing less than gems in the herbal world. It is because they offer so many health benefits that we can only imagine.
They are high in fiber, improve your gut health, and help with constipation. Basil leaves also have antioxidant properties, meaning they protect against free radicals.
The Four Steps of Making Strawberry Basil Lemonade
This lemonade takes about 15 minutes to cook and then a couple more minutes for final touches. These are the four steps to making a delicious strawberry basil lemonade.
1. Dissolving Sugar in Boiling Water
We are not a fan of blending sugar with drinks; we prefer cooking it with water to make syrup. The syrup tastes better, and you don't have to worry about dissolving the sugar with ice.
Especially for this recipe, we have to prepare a concentrate of the fruits and herbs. So, cook sugar in water before adding herbs and fruits.
2. Add Strawberries, Lemon Juice, Mint, and Cumin
Once the sugar dissolves, add strawberries, mint, lemon juice, and cumin.
Cumin is the secret ingredient in this recipe. A little bit of cumin goes a long way - in terms of giving the best taste. It won't dominate, but you will be able to feel it in the drink.
3. Press the Strawberries
Press the softened strawberries against the saucepan using the back of the spoon. That would help you squeeze out the extracts better.
For later use, store this strawberry basil concentrate in the fridge. Don't keep it for too long after adding soda water.
4. Adding Soda Water and Ice
Finally, strain and add soda and ice when the drink is ready to serve. Garnish with fresh basil or mint leaves and a slice of lemon.
How to Make the Strawberry Basil Lemonade
- Water (1 ½ cups)
- Sugar (1 cup)
- Strawberries (1 ½ cup, sliced)
- Basil leaves (2 tbsp, chopped)
- Lemon juice (1/4 cup)
- Mint leaves (3-4)
- Cumin powder (¼ tsp)
- Soda can (3 cups)
- Ice cubes
Add sugar to boiling water and stir until it dissolves. Turn the heat to low, and add strawberries, lemon juice, mint, and basil leaves.
Let this mixture cook for 5-10 minutes. Press the strawberries against the saucepan to help squeeze out their extracts properly. Add cumin powder, stir, strain with a sieve or nut bag, and let it cool down.
Take some fancy plastic tumblers and pour the prepared mixture until they are quarter-filled. Next, add ice cubes and pour soda water until the glasses fill to the top.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves and lemon slices. Enjoy!
No-Sugar Strawberry Basil Lemonade for Weight-Loss
We have a perfect recipe for no-sugar strawberry basil lemonade if you are trying to cut sugar from your life. It tastes as good as the previous one as there is sucralose syrup. Of course, you can add any other artificial sweetener of your choice.
- Strawberries (½ cup)
- Mint leaves (3-4)
- Sucralose syrup (1 tbsp)
- Cumin powder (⅛ tsp)
- Basil leaves (4-5)
- Lemon juice (3 tbsp)
- Water (½ cup)
- Soda water (1 cup)
- Ice cubes
Blend strawberries, mint leaves, basil leaves, lemon juice, mint leaves, water, and ice cubes. Pour the mixture into two glasses and fill them to the top with soda water. Stir and enjoy!
How to Serve at Parties?
When serving drinks at parties, you must use elegant disposable drinkware. It contributes to the overall ambiance of your table.
Our plastic party drinkware makes your strawberry basil lemonade appear vibrant. The beautiful pink color pops even better when served in our disposable, elegant drinkware.
Moreover, our plastic drinkware is made from BPA-free, recyclable material - eliminating the chances of consuming harmful chemicals along with the drink.
Add Basil Seeds for an Added Benefit
In recent years, basil seeds have caught so much attention and can be an alternative to chia seeds. Thanks to their many benefits, you can use them in drinks for multiple purposes.
Even though basil seeds have numerous benefits, they taste too bland to add to party drinks. So, it is only best to add them to your morning strawberry lemonade, where you can get the best out of it.
Is strawberry lemonade called pink lemonade?
Pink lemonade is a mocktail made with lemonade and anything pink - it can be cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, you get the idea. However, this drink is different.
It has basil and a touch of mint that makes it different than pink lemonade.
What happens if I drink Strawberry Basil Lemonade Daily?
We have already mentioned the unbelievable health impacts of this drink. However, your gut health and metabolism will improve if you drink this drink daily.
We have talked enough about the health benefits of this drink; it would be better to show you the nutritional facts label. A cup of strawberry basil lemonade contains the following:
- Vitamin C 12 mg
- Vitamin A 12 mcg
- Carbohydrates 18 mg
- Fiber 1 g
- Calcium 20 mg
- Iron 200 mcg
- Potassium 46 mg
- Sodium 10 mg
- Protein 0.5 mg
- Fats 0