Lemonades are undoubtedly excellent drinks for any age. Soft drinks, on the other hand, are not that healthy yet popular. So, what if we combine lemon juice and carbonated water? We get the lemonade spritzer!
It doesn’t have the crazy amounts of sugar found in soft drinks, but it still has that refreshing seltzer feel.
Better yet? We add basil to the mix, and we get this fantastic recipe!
Let’s make it!
How to make the Basil Lemonade Spritzer?
Here’s the deal:
The basil lemonade spritzer recipe requires a blender. Luckily, you can still make this even without one. Simply finely chop the basil and mix it together with, well, everything. The only downside is that the basil may be gritty, but it’s still going to be tasty nonetheless.
If you have a blender, here’s how you can make the basil lemonade:
Place all these ingredients—lemon juice, syrup, and basil—into the blender. By the way, if your blending machine is big, you should add about a cup of water. Now, blend it for about 30 seconds or until the basil is thoroughly blended.
Here’s the kicker:
You can also add the lemon (peeled and seeded) to the blender if you don’t feel like pressing them.
In a glass (or a different container), add basil lemonade, and the spritzer, then mix together. Serve with ice cubes and top with basil or lemon for the looks.
I don’t recommend blending the seltzer since it will remove the fizz. When that happens, it won’t be a “spritzer,” right? Also, you should NEVER blend carbonated water on a blender with no vent, particularly personal blenders.
I actually used more of the basil leaves than required; that’s why it looks green(er). Simply because I like the flavor of basil. Although, some kids will not enjoy the strong herb flavor. So, you might want to try the amount listed in ingredients first and adjust it to your (and family’s) liking.
If you don’t like carbonated water, regular water will work just fine. However, it won’t be a spritzer, nor will it have that effervescent feel to it.
You can use a flavored seltzer of your choice. When you get something like lemonade, then you can skip the lemon juice part of this recipe.
Speaking of lemon, the best substitutes are lime and orange—the usual citrus bunch.
For the syrup, you can switch it with any sweetener you like—stevia, sugar, vanilla, etc. Maple is my favorite, and it worked well with the Basil Lemonade, so that’s a significant win.
For basil, you can replace it with cilantro. In fact, using cilantro tastes a bit closer to a cola.
Basil Lemonade SpritzerCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
The Basil Lemonade Spritzer is an easy, refreshing drink recipe, particularly excellent for hot days. You can also do this with simple water instead of seltzer, and it will still be invigorating. The other two main ingredients are also common, so you can easily make this for your family.
2-3 cups of carbonated water
1 cup of water (if your blender is too big)
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup syrup of your choice (I used maple)
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup ice cubes
- Add the water (depending on your blender), lemon juice, syrup, and fresh basil to the blender.
- Blend for about 30 seconds or until the basil is thoroughly processed.
- In a separate pitcher, combine the carbonated water and the blended basil lemonade. You can also do this directly in a glass for quicker cleanup.
- Serve with ice and top some basil or lemon for aesthetic appeal.
- Recipe inspired by Lauren Sharifi.