My this week's bag included basil and nectarines among other fruits and vegetables. Since the weather here is still decently warm, I decided to make lemonade with fresh and crunchy nectarines and sweet Italian basil. The end product was a beautiful and refreshing lemonade, which I wish I made more of:).
The following recipe will make about 3 cups of lemonade.
1 Nectarine, Chopped into Small Pieces,
1 Nectarine, Thinly Sliced,
1 Cup Large Leaf Italian (Sweet) Basil,
1/2 Cup Sugar,
3 Cups Water
3-4 Basil leaves, Thinly Sliced for garnishing (optional)
1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Comine the water, basil, sugar and the chopped nectarine in a boiling pan. Stir until the sugar gets dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Take off the stove and let it cool completley.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve pressing all the juice out from the pulp.
Now add the lemon juice and stir well. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take it out, add the thinly sliced nectarines and basil. Serve cold with ice.
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