Recipe: Refreshing Fruit and Herb Lemonades for Summer

Author & Photographer: Sydney Smith

Berry-stained lips and fingers; fresh, swaying herbs; rising temperatures and clinking pitchers of lemonade. Whether you’re exploring new territory or sitting by the poolside, stay refreshed with lemonades that remind you of the vivid sensations of summertime. These ones are flavored with fruits and herbs that allow your taste buds to experience the best of the season.

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Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Blackberry Mint Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cup of fresh or frozen chopped blackberries

⅓ cup of finely chopped fresh mint

Instructions:

  1. Bring blackberries, mint, water, and sugar to a boil.

  2. Reduce the heat, and allow the mixture to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat, and strain the blackberries and mint from the simple syrup.

  4. Allow the syrup to cool for at least an hour before serving.

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Blackberry Mint Lemonade

2 Servings

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup blackberry mint simple syrup

¼ cup of fresh blackberries

2 sprigs of mints

Instructions:

  1. Using a pestle, pummel the blackberries and mint until well combined.

  2. Add water, lemon juice, and blackberry mint simple syrup, and mix.

  3. Serve chilled with ice.

 

 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cups fresh or frozen strawberries

⅓ cup fresh, finely chopped basil

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water, strawberries, basil, and sugar to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, and allow the mixture to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat, and strain the strawberries and basil from the simple syrup.

  4. Allow the simple syrup to cool for at least an hour before serving.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

2 Servings

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup strawberry basil simple syrup

¼ cup of chopped strawberries

¼ cup of shredded basil

Instructions:

  1. Using a pestle, pummel the strawberries and basil until well combined.

  2. Add water, lemon juice, and strawberry basil simple syrup.

  3. Serve chilled with ice.

 

 

Lychee-Ginger Lemonade

Lychee-ginger simple syrup

Ingredients:

½ cup water

½  cup granulated sugar

1 cup fresh, pitted lychee

2 teaspoons grated ginger

Instructions:

  1. Bring the lychee, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil.

  2. Reduce the mixture to a simmer, and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat, and strain the lychee and ginger from the simple syrup.

  4. Allow the simple syrup to cool for at least an hour before serving.

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Lychee-Ginger Lemonade

2 Servings

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup lychee-ginger  syrup

¼ cup of pitted lychees

Instructions:

  1. Using a pestle, pummel the lychees.

  2. Add water, lemon juice, and lychee-ginger simple syrup, and mix.

  3. Serve chilled with ice.

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