Honey Basil Lemonade

A few years ago, we took a family vacation to Italy and rented a car so we could visit a few off-the-beaten path towns. In our travels, we passed through breathtakingly beautiful Sorrento.  There were  signs along the road beckoning us to take the highspeed hydrofoil  to the Isle of Capri. It was an experience of a lifetime. Since we didn’t have a car with us, the walking paths made us work up a thirst, so when the local vendors offered fresh-squeezed lemonade from locally grown lemons, we got in line.

Picturing a 12-16 oz. cup of refreshing lemonade we were very surprised to receive this tiny 5 0z. cup of VERY sweet juice that was freshly squeezed from 4 lemons. Finding this a bit humorous, we guessed this was the equivalent of a lemonade espresso shot. We drank it down true Italian style finding it tart and sweet. It was delicious and unforgettable. Needless to say we still had to buy bottles of water, so the vendors made double the amount as usual.

My recipe calls for a bit more ice, and a sprig of basil added. I replaced the sugar sweetness with honey for a change.

Ingredients for one 10 oz glass

  • 4 fresh squeezed lemons
  • 1  tbsp. (or more to your liking) of honey
  • 1 cup of ice
  • sprig of basil

Mix the lemon juice and honey until it is completely dissolved. Add ice to fill the glass and garnish with basil.


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