Friday, September 7, 2012

Toast With This!: Ginger-Tea Lemonade with Basil

There are many ways to welcome the weekend, but a favorite of mine is by enjoying a refreshing mocktail.  I recently came across a delicious spin on the quintessential favorite: lemonade.  This recipe for Ginger-Tea Lemonade with Basil by Giada De Laurentiis is the perfect drink for all things refreshing and delicious--melding the flavors of black tea, sweet basil and warm ginger--and taking your lemonade lovin' to a whole new level!  

So here's to Happy Sipping!

Ginger-Tea Lemonade with Basil

2 cups water
3 black tea bags, such as English Breakfast Tea
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 3 lemons
1 cup sparkling water or club soda, chilled
2 cups ice
Lemon slices for garnish, optional
1 ⅓ cups Ginger Simple Syrup (see ingredients list below)

Ingredients for Ginger Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 (3-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags. Stir and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard.

For the ginger simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and ginger over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.  

Lay the basil leaves on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll over the basil to bruise the leaves. Remove the plastic wrap and add the bruised basil to the tea. Pour in the ginger simple syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour.

Just before serving, add the sparkling water to the tea mixture. Place the ice in a large pitcher and pour the lemonade over the ice. Garnish with lemon slices, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

*For step-by-step photos, click here.



1 comment

  1. I love Giada and this sounds like a refreshing change to lemonade. Most of all, I like the 'mocktail'!


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