Prep time: 10 minutes
Adding a touch of basil to your lemonade will add a wonderful fragrance. It doesn't matter what type of basil you use. The recipe is from "The Sunset Grill: 125 Tasty Recipes for Casual Get-Togethers and Easy Weeknight Cookouts," forward by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (Sunset Books, $21.95).
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, plus a few sprigs, rinsed and drained for garnish
3 tablespoons (approximately) sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart glass measure or bowl, combine the basil leaves and 3 tablespoons sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush the sugar and the leaves until thoroughly bruised. Add 4 cups water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, about one to two minutes. Taste the lemonade and add more sugar if necessary.
Pour the lemonade through a fine strainer into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil and serve.
Per serving: 45 cal.; 0 g pro.; 12 g carb.; 0 g fat (0 sat., 0 monounsat., 0 polyunsat.); 0 mg chol.; 8 mg sod.; 0 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 0 percent calories from fat.