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Sparkling Basil Lemonade
Created by Jill Spears of Prosper, TX
3rd Place — 2014 Party Foods Competition
- 4 c. Water
- Ice Cubes
- 3 c. Sugar
- 1 jalapeno chili pepper, sliced
- 2 c. Fresh Basil Leaves
- Fresh Basil Leaves (for garnish)
- 2 (1 liter) bottles club soda
- 2 c. Lemon Juice
Basil Syrup: In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar and 2 cups basil leaves. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. Cover and chill syrup 2 to 24 hours. Lemonade: In very large punch bowl combine chilled syrup, club soda and lemon juice. Serve over ice and garnish with jalapeno slices and fresh basil leaves. Makes 16 servings.
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