This Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Basil Limeade is a great drink that you can make during the hot days of summer. It is refreshing and refined sugar-free made with flavoring freshly squeezed limes with chunky strawberries and basil.
10-12medium size fresh limes plus 1 more as garnishyou need 1 cup of lime juice
1cupstrawberriessliced – plus more as garnish
1/4cupfresh basilchopped - plus more as garnish
To make the honey-sweetened simple syrup:
Place honey and water in a small saucepan. Cook until honey is completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool.
Zest 3 limes and place the zest in the saucepan with the dissolved honey.
To make the limeade:
Squeeze the juices of the limes. You should have at least one cup of lime juice.
Place the honey mixture and lime juice in a pitcher. Add in sliced strawberries and chopped basil.
Add in 6 cups of cold water and give it a good stir. Place it in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
When ready to serve, pour limeade into glasses filled with ice and garnish with chunks of strawberries fresh basil leaves, and a slice of a lime.
Make ahead instructions: You can make this basil limeade a day in advance. As a matter of fact, I recommend doing so. The time spent resting in the fridge brings everything together and makes the most delicious summer drink. Simply follow the recipe as written and give it a good shake before serving.
Storage: If you are planning to serve it on the next day I recommend placing it in a bottle with a lid so that it will stay fresh. This way, it should stay fresh up to 3 days.
Got any questions about the honey syrup? Be sure to check out my Homemade Honey Simple Syrup recipe to get all your questions answered.