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Sunkissed Honey Basil Lemonade


Photo Credit: Plantings and Pairings

There’s nothing better than fresh lemonade on a warm day, especially when it has hints of sweet honey and basil. This lemonade is a bit different than most because it boasts black tea, turning it into an Arnold Palmer! Whether you’ve made sun tea by steeping your tea out in the sun or made it the traditional way (which is definitely faster, we’ll admit) this brew is fabulous for an afternoon tea snack with fresh fruit.


Makes 4-6 glasses // Prep Time: 15 minutes - 1 hour // Active Time: 5 minutes


  • 2-3 rounded tsp loose leaf or 2-3 sachets/bags black tea
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 10-12 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 - 1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Sprigs of fresh basil for garnish
  • 4-6 shots of vodka or gin (optional)
  • Ice cubes


You can either make tea the traditional way or since the weather is getting hotter outside, you can make sun tea! The traditional way, as you may know goes like this - Heat the water to around 212°F and steep tea for 3-5 minutes. Remove (strain) tea and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You can also add ice to your tea here to help it cool down faster!

On the other hand, to make sun tea - Get a large pitcher or container that has been thoroughly scrubbed in warm, soapy water and even extra cleaned by being dipped into a bleach-water solution of 1/2 - 1 tbsp bleach per gallon of water. Once your container has been thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, add in the water and tea. Set it out in the sun for about an hour, then bring it in and strain (remove) the tea, and refrigerate immediately. Please be sure to monitor your tea and bring it in after an hour or two hours tops so your tea is safe! Now that your tea is ready, on to the next step!

In a blender combine the lemon juice, honey, basil leaves, and salt and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher and discard the basil leaves. Add in the tea and a handful of ice cubes and stir well. Serve over ice, and add in a shot of vodka or gin to each glass if you're feeling boozy. Garnish with a sprig of basil and enjoy!




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