Picture this: a beverage that is refreshing, uplifting, floral, cooling and perfectly sweet. It has a perfectly sour tang that quenches your thirst on a hot summer’s day in the backyard.
Is your mouth watering yet?! It’s time to level up your lemonade, ladies and gents. I’m so happy to be partnering with Mountain Rose Herbs in bringing you this herbal lemonade recipe. I guarantee it will be your new favorite summertime beverage!
Plus, it’s deceptively simply to make. Do not be intimated by the herbal part. Doing this extra step to enhance your classic lemonade is WELL worth it.
Holy Basil is an herb that I have fallen in love with throughout my years as a holistic dietitian and now an aspiring herbalist. It is a foundational herb in Ayurveda and is revered to have many health benefits and applications.
I get asked often where and how I purchase my herbs? This is a valid question! Herbal procurement is very important. Herbs are used for both culinary and medicinal benefits in our home, and therefore, I want to buy the highest quality I can that align with my values.
Mountain Rose Herbs is a company that I have long revered as pioneers in not only the herbal sector, but the organic agriculture one as well. They truly blow me away with their sustainable and ethical initiatives and standards.
From composting and installing solar panels, to organizing riparian restoration projects and supporting nonprofits, they are accomplishing great things and I am so happy to be partnering with them on this recipe.
With their dedication to environmental stewardship and focus on reduction, reclamation, and recycling, Mountain Rose Herbs was the first company in Oregon to receive TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (AMAZING!)
Plus, even with their incredible quality, their herbs are shockingly affordable.
Okay okay enough about them… you get the picture. Let’s get to the recipe!
Lavender & Holy Basil Infused Lemonade
6 cups water
2 cups fresh lemon juice (don’t thrown away the lemons peels! Compost them or make citrus infused cleaning vinegar)
3 tbsp dried holy basil
3 tbsp dried lavender
1 cup simple syrup (2 cups water 2 cups sugar- heat water on stove top and dissolve the sugar into it. Store in the fridge and keep on hand for iced teas, cocktails, and lemonade like this! Step it up a level with my Peach Lavender Simple Syrup.)
Heat 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan on medium.
Once the water is heated, add the lavender and holy basil.
Allow the herbs to steep in the water as it cools for 20 minutes.
In a large picture, stir together lemon juice, simple syrup, and the remaining 4 cups of water.
Strain the herbal infusion into the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice.
Sustainably Supported by Mountain Rose Herbs. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love! #sponsored