Sparkling Basil Lemonade

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Serves: 8


  • 6 sprigs fresh basil, divided
  • 1 lemon, zested into strips, divided, fruit cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup sugar 125 mL
  • ice cubes
  • 2 cups lemonade 500 mL
  • 1 bottle carbonated spring water 750 mL


  • Step 1

    In a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to sugar, 4 sprigs basil and lemon zest from half the lemon and simmer over low heat until sugar dissolves. (Omit basil and zest to make a plain simple syrup.) Strain and let cool.

  • Step 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.


ADD SPIRIT: Top with sparkling wine or champagne.