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Strawberry Basil Limeade

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of spring get-togethers, so yesterday I whipped up a batch of this refreshing Strawberry Basil Limeade to take with us to a friends’ birthday party. Strawberry Basil Limeade | Salty CanaryI made a blackberry limeade for summer get-togethers quite often last year and it is SO good, so I thought I would make a spring version with strawberry basil and it was a hit! Strawberry Basil Limeade | Salty CanaryStrawberry Basil Limeade | Salty CanaryIt only takes a few ingredients: limes, strawberries, basil, sugar, and water. I picked up extra limes and I’m glad I did, a few of them were stingy with the juice! Some I was able to squeeze nearly 1/4 of a cup of juice whereas for a couple, I was lucky if I got a few drops! Strawberry Basil Limeade | Salty CanaryStrawberry Basil Limeade | Salty Canary

 

Strawberry Basil Limeade
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Strawberry Basil Limeade
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries, divided
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (8-10 limes)
  • 1 cup basil, divided
  • 2 limes for garnish
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Wash the strawberries, then puree 1 cup strawberries with ⅓ cup basil in a blender with 1 cup of water.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the 1¼ cups of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat over medium until fully dissolved, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. While heating, juice your limes and slice your remaining cup of strawberries
  4. Then strain the pureed strawberry basil juice and fresh lime juice combine into a pitcher along with 6 cups of water.
  5. Add the sugar mixture and stir.
  6. Serve over ice, with extra basil leaves and sliced strawberries, and garnish with a lime wedge.
  7. Enjoy!

And I strained a lot of the pulp and seeds out before adding the lime and strawberry juice to the water, but you certainly don’t have to. It does add a bit of time to the recipe and can sometimes get messy, but it’s your choice! Strawberry Basil Limeade | Salty CanaryEven if you do strain the strawberry and lime juices, you’ll still end up with some strawberry seeds and bits of basil, but I thought it was pretty smooth. Strawberry Basil Limeade | Salty Canary

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