When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Basil Coolers.

I tell myself not to let anything stand in the way of achieving my dreams. I tell myself that I am courageous and intelligent and beautiful. I tell myself that no matter what happens, I still get to choose to be happy.

But life has been giving me lemons lately, and I’ll admit that sometimes it’s hard to believe those little affirmations.

Still, I’m trying to make lemonade. What else can I do?  I’m trying to find the bright side, trying to believe that everything happens for a reason and it is all going to work out just fine.

And it probably will.  After all, I’m courageous and intelligent and beautiful.

These Lemon Basil Coolers were born out of, well, one of life’s little lemons. I had planned for sorbet but when I threw the ingredients into the ice cream maker, I ended up with icy slush. Sorbet was not going to work… but cool summery drinks would!

With a little sparkling water and ice plus a garnish of fresh mint and basil, I had turned lemons into Lemon Basil Coolers. The perfect little metaphor for life right now: you might not see it coming, but the perfect solution is right around the corner and it is delicious.

So when life gives you lemons, make Lemon Basil Coolers.

Lemon Basil Coolers

2 ½ cups water
15  .17 oz  packets Stevia (or 2 ½ cups sugar)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
24 basil leaves
12 mint leaves
Sparkling water
Basil and mint for garnish

Combine the water, Stevia or sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring ingredients to a simmer until Stevia or sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add the basil and mint leaves. Steep for about 5 minutes. Drain through a sieve to remove zest and herbs. Chill juice completely in the fridge.

Combine approximately 3 parts sparkling water to 1 part Lemon Basil Cooler syrup. Stir gently to combine and serve over ice, garnished with basil and mint.

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About Karen Milling

Freelance Photographer and Writer with a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking. Currently my work can be viewed online at my three blogs: Buried Carrots is devoted to colorful writing and delicious vegetarian and vegan food; Composing Kitchen focuses on my efforts, together with my partner, to follow our passions and design our lives; and Karen Milling Photography features my work as a portrait, headshot, wedding and food photographer.
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5 Responses to When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Basil Coolers.

  1. Annie says:

    Yummmmm……so refreshing! And your pictures are exceptional!!

  2. I LOVE this post!! I completely hear you on the life throwing lemons..this post was inspiring and grounding! Keep that chin up and here’s a long distance “cheers”!

  3. Hi there — great recipe! I was wondering how many servings the syrup ends up being? I’m trying to make this in a one-gallon size.

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