Basil Lemonade

Cuisinart original

Little beats homemade lemonade and that process is a breeze with a juicer. The basil adds a nice twist to the traditional flavor, but you can forgo it or swap in different herbs, if preferred.


Yield: 2½ cups


1½    cups water
1½    cups granulated sugar
½      cup basil leaves
6       medium lemons

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 138 (1% from fat) • carb. 39 g • pro. 1 g • fat 0 g • sat. fat 0 g • chol. 0 mg • sod. 3 mg • calc. 27 mg • fiber 0 g


1. Prepare the simple syrup. Put both the sugar and water into a small saucepan over mediumhigh heat. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium to allow mixture to simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add the basil. Steep for a minimum of 30 minutes. Chill until completely cold. Strain and discard leaves.
2. Assemble the citrus juicer attachment.
3. Juice the lemons on Low.
4. Pour the lemon juice into a large pitcher. Add the basil simple syrup to taste.