Homemade Basil Mint Cranberry Lemonade Recipe
Hi everyone, today I am sharing a refreshing homemade basil mint cranberry lemonade recipe! It is still full-time summer here in Southern California, we get the extended version. A tall cold glass of lemonade always sounds good. But after the 50th glass of the summer, you are ready for something different. Our homemade basil mint cranberry lemonade recipe is going to get your taste buds dancing. It is so darn yummy!
As an added bonus for the busy mamas out there, this recipe is so easy to make. You can leave out the herbs for the picky eaters in the house. But who knows, they may love it!
So what does it taste like? The cranberry lemonade is sweet and tart. Truly a wonderful stand-alone. The basil adds a pungent and peppery taste and the mint is a contrast with cool and refreshing overtones.
I was lucky to find a wonderful source for quality cranberries year-round. Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries are plump and have that wonderful tart flavor. I use them in smoothies, salsas, sauces and of course in this wonderful lemonade!
Let’s make some Lemonade!
- 1 cup Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 to 4 Meyer lemons
- 7 to 8 cups water ( depends on how sweet you love it!)
- 6 sprigs basil - washed and patted dry
- 6 sprigs mint - washed and patted dry
- 6 extra sprigs of mint for garnish - washed and patted dry
- Place frozen cranberries and white sugar into a 2 to 3-quart saucepan.
- Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- When berries are soft place into a fine mesh sieve and extract the syrup from the berries, over a glass bowl.
- Juice the four Meyer lemons over your glass bowl. I use a handheld lemon juicer.
- Place cranberry syrup, lemon juice, and 7 cups water into a glass pitcher. give it a taste.
- If it is too strong add a 1/2 cup to 1 cup more water to taste.
- Take glass jars and add ice and one sprig each of basil and mint. You can make around six good-sized glasses of the cranberry lemonade with basil and mint.
- Pour cranberry lemonade over ice and herbs. Add one fresh spring of mint for color. ( optional)
- Serve Cold!
Want more variation? Add fresh rosemary!