Sparkling Basil Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 8


  1. 6 sprigs fresh basil, divided
  2. 1 lemon, zested into strips, divided
  3. 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  4. 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  5. Ice cubes
  6. 2 cups (500 mL) lemonade
  7. 1 bottle (750 mL) carbonated spring water


  1. In a small saucepan, simmer, sugar and water, 4 sprigs basil and lemon zest from half the lemon over low heat until sugar dissolves. (Omit basil and zest to make a plain simple syrup.) Strain and let cool.
  2. Chill 8 stemless wine glasses or rock glasses. Once chilled, divide ice cubes, basil leaves from 2 sprigs and lemon slices, cooled syrup and lemonade among glasses. Top up each glass with carbonated water.