3 Unique lemonade recipes

New twists on this popular summer drink!

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Lemonade is one of those drinks you never really outgrow. Maybe it's because the tart, refreshing flavor reminds you of those lemonade stands you had as a kid -- or because it's just the perfect cool drink on a hot summer day. Lemonade is perfect, regardless of how old you are! Although traditional lemonade is great, why not add some variety to your picnic drink of choice?

Fresh basil lemonade

Serves 2

Play around with the simple ingredients of lemonade and add some more exotic ingredients, like raspberries or even basil! They may sound too strange to be good, but the flavors just work and you're left with a deliciously unique drink. So this summer, try one of these refreshingly different lemonade recipes for a great twist on the ordinary!

Recipe adapted from My Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Extra basil for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, add basil and sugar. Using a spoon, crush the basil into the sugar until bruised and squished.
  2. Stir in water and lemon juice until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into a pitcher, add extra basil for garnish and enjoy!

Raspberry lemonade

Raspberry lemonade

Serves 4

Recipe adapted from Family Fun

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • Mint to garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, add water, sugar and 1 cup of raspberries. Simmer over low heat until sugar dissolves completely, about 4 minutes. Strain berries through a mesh strainer and save liquid.
  2. Mix lemon juice and sugar water until fully combined. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!

Blackberry lemonade

Blackberry lemonade

Serves 6

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh pressed lemon juice
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 3 - 4 cups chilled water
  • Fresh sprig of mint

For how to make it and more, check out this recipe on SheKnows >>

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.