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Lemon-Basil Mojito Mocktails

In this twist on the classic summer beverage, lemon and basil take the place of mint. For a grown-up version, just add your favorite rum or vodka. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

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 pestle or wooden spoon, crush basil until its aroma is released. Stir into sugar mixture. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain; 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 their aroma is released. Stir in basil syrup and soda. Serve over crushed ice in tall glasses; squeeze lemon wedges into drink.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 101 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 36mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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