Basil Limeade


Basil Limeade

It’s been getting hot and muggy lately. Not that type where it’s dry-hot, but super sticky-humid hot. And when it’s this hot I always get a sudden urge to quench my thirst with lemonade.

Basil Limeade

So I walk over to my fridge, open it up and…



No lemons?

Well… Ugh…

FINE I’ll make limeade 😡

Oh, left over basil from the plant I dramatically pulled from the garden because of its pathetic attempt at growing an inch in 3 weeks? Ok, why not.

Basil Limeade

Turns out limeade is just as good at cooling you down. It has a certain flavor that mixes well with the basil just like how lemonade meshes very well with strawberries. Who would have thought, basil and lime?

Basil Limeade

This refreshing drink is perfect for the upcoming July 4th weekend. And if you want to add some rum, go right ahead! However, don’t add vodka, it kind of interferes with the lime flavor and the drink becomes bitter.




Yields: 8-10 cups

2 cups sugar
6 cups water
1 cup fresh lime juice (squeezed from limes, not from concentrate)
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

1 cup rum


In a large pitcher combine the fresh lime juice and 4 cups of water.

In a saucepan combine the 2 cups of water, sugar and basil. Boil for 5 minutes and add to the mixture in the pitcher. If you feel that the lime is too strong add more water.

If you are adding rum then add now!

🙂 Enjoy!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Virginia says:

    Yay! Soooo making it this weekend !

  2. Holly says:

    This sounds amazing. I will definitely have to make some this summer!

  3. That limeade with vodka! Only five months until summer!! Smiley face

  4. I like this combo, never would have thought to put them together!

  5. mommafortner says:

    Looks wonderful! I will definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing! Happy 4th to you!

  6. lilz4015 says:

    Reblogged this on My Crazily Blessed Life and commented:
    This sounds really good and I am going to try this tomorrow 🙂

    1. juliewold says:

      Awesome! Thank you for visiting my blog!

      1. lilz4015 says:

        You are very welcome 🙂

  7. my holistic life says:

    Yumm…that looks so good. I want to plant herbs next spring. We had an herb garden when I was a kid…and fresh mint was delicious. I want basil now 🙂

    1. juliewold says:

      Fresh mint is wonderful! I love having fresh basil, I always feel bad when I buy packaged herbs and they start to go bad before I could even use them! 😦

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