Basil Coconut Water Lemonade

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This flavored basil and coconut water lemonade is a refreshing, delicious way to stay hydrated in the heat of summer!

Basil, lemon and coconut water combine to make this one delicious beverage.

It’s perfect for those hot days when you need something refreshing to quench your thirst!

Basil coconut water lemonade in a glass garnished with lemon slice and basil

When summer is in full swing at our house, we spend a ton of time outside.

When the gorgeous whether hits, we’re hitting up BBQs and picnics, spending our days by the pool, hiking in the hills, and watering the plants in the garden!

And you know what’s absolutely perfect for this kind of weather? And to take to a BBQ or picnic and be an absolute hero?

Freshly made lemonade!

Basil coconut water lemonade in a glass garnished with lemon slice and basil

Homemade lemonade made from real lemons, pulp and all. So refreshing.

Coconut Water Lemonade = Next Level Lemonade

But here’s the thing.

Why make fresh homemade lemonade with plain ol’ water when you can make it with coconut water?

And why make your coconut water lemonade plain, when you could add some gorgeous flavor twists in the form of fresh basil and a bit of fresh mint? Believe it or not, coconut and basil go well together.

This is a fantastic recipe for using up basil you’ve grown from seed, cuttings, or a mature plant, and a great way to use up a harvest from pruning.

Birds eye view of coconut water lemonade with basil, with basil leaves strewn about

Coconut Water Lemonade is Refreshing and Practical

This recipe is great for a picnic, but it’s also a pretty awesome treat after a workout, since the coconut water is packed with goodness for recovery and beating the heat.

Seriously, coconut water is like Mother Nature’s gatorade.

It will quench your thirst, and that’s because it contains essential electrolytes that your body needs and loves.

I’m talking about calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium, friends, to replenish the mineral-packed fluids your body loses when it sweats.

So enjoy! This is going to quench your thirst on a hot day, and the sweetness of the basil addition and fresh mint will really knock your socks off.

This Basil Coconut Water Lemonade is a refreshing summer drink that will have you wanting more.

How to Make this Basil Coconut Water Lemonade

Basil Simple Syrup

To make this recipe, you need basil simple syrup, which is super easy to make, but takes a bit of time to make and let cool!

You only need 3 ingredients for the simple syrup: water, white sugar, and fresh basil leaves.

You could also throw in some basil flowers, if you have them.

basil leaves, sugar and water on a table show ingredients to make basil simple syrup

Anytime you’re cooking with fresh basil, I recommend you ensure you’re using healthy leaves. That means no yellowing, brown spots or black spots, no holes in the leaves, no signs of mildew or disease, and no wilting (which will impact flavor).

To make, just add water, sugar, and basil leaves to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves and let it simmer for another minute or so, and then remove from heat and let the mixture steep for at least half-an-hour.

basil leaves in a pot of sugar water showing how to make basil simple syrup

Pour the syrup through a strainer or sieve to remove basil leaves, and store in a sterilized jar.

Before using it in your coconut water lemonade, however, you need to let it cool completely!

basil simple syrup in a glass jar with basil leaves strewn about as decoration

Making the Basil and Coconut Water Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time:
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of basil simple syrup (can add more or less to adjust for your sweetness preference)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 litre of coconut water
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 to 3 medium lemons)
  • 1 small bunch of mint, washed with leaves picked from stem
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Make the basil simple syrup ahead of time.
    1. Add water, sugar, and basil leaves to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves and let it simmer for another minute or so. 
    2. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the mixture steep for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Pour the syrup through a strainer or sieve and into a sterilized jar for storage. Ensure all the basil leaves are removed.
  2. Let cool before using.
  3. Make the lemonade:
  4. In a pitcher, combine coconut water, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  5. Stir vigorously to mix.
  6. Add sliced lemons, fresh mint and ice.
  7. Stir again, and enjoy.

(This article was originally published on January 17, 2021 and was last updated on July 21, 2022)

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