Lemon-Basil Mojito Mocktails Recipe

Lemon-Basil Mojito Mocktails Recipe
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Lemon-Basil Mojito Mocktails Recipe

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In this twist on the classic summer beverage, lemon basil takes the place of mint. For a grown-up version, just add your favorite rum or vodka. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
Featured In: Fresh Basil Recipes
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves, divided
  • Crushed ice, divided
  • 2 bottles (1 liter each) club soda
  • GARNISH:
  • Fresh lemon wedges

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place half of the basil in a small bowl. With a mortar or wooden spoon, crush basil until aromas are released. Stir into sugar mixture. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain basil; refrigerate until cold.
Place 2 cups crushed ice and remaining basil in a 4-qt. pitcher. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press basil leaves against ice until aromas are released. Stir in basil syrup and soda. Serve over crushed ice in tall glasses; squeeze lemon wedges into drink. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Basil Mojito Mocktails in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2017, p224

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves, divided
  • Crushed ice, divided
  • 2 bottles (1 liter each) club soda
  • GARNISH:
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place half of the basil in a small bowl. With a mortar or wooden spoon, crush basil until aromas are released. Stir into sugar mixture. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain basil; refrigerate until cold.
  2. Place 2 cups crushed ice and remaining basil in a 4-qt. pitcher. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press basil leaves against ice until aromas are released. Stir in basil syrup and soda. Serve over crushed ice in tall glasses; squeeze lemon wedges into drink. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Basil Mojito Mocktails in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2017, p224

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