Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Punch

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Punch

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  • Prep: 1 hr 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Serving: Makes 12 cups

Strawberries and lemonade mark the beginning of warm summer weather. Serve this non-alcoholic refreshment at your next BBQ or evening get-together.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 pounds strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 3 cups lemon juice, chilled
  • Ice
  • 1/2 pound strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced 1/2-inch thick, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed, blemish-free basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Put the 3 cups of sugar and the 1-1/2 cups of water into a saucepan and place over high heat.
  2. Stir the mixture frequently to dissolve the sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Stir in the 1-1/2 pounds of strawberries, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer mixture for 12 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 1 cup of basil leaves. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour before straining into a punch bowl.
  5. Pour the 6 cups of water and the lemon juice into the punch bowl and stir to blend.
  6. Add ice to the bowl and garnish the punch with the 1/2 pound of strawberries and the 1/4 cup of basil leaves.

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