Summer strawberries are finally here and I have more strawberries in my fridge that I know what to do with. It takes a minute for strawberry season to make its way to Vermont, but once it is here we just can’t get enough of it.
Today’s post, Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Basil Limeade, is a non-alcoholic recipe that you can serve to everyone in your family throughout the summer.
Made with fresh strawberries and basil leaves and sweetened with homemade honey simple syrup, it is refreshing and delicious.
How to make strawberry basil limeade?
The recipe for this sugar-free limeade recipe has 3 folds.
Homemade Honey Simple Syrup Recipe
First, make the honey simple syrup. I find that honey is a healthier sweetener than granulated sugar. Since my husband suffers from seasonal allergies, I usually buy local honey to make the honey simple syrup.
The honey to water ratio for honey simple syrup is 1 to 3.
To make it, simply mix 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until honey fully dissolves. Let it cool before you use it in this fresh limeade recipe.
You can make honey simple syrup 3 days in advance, place it in a mason jar, and keep it in the fridge.
How to make limeade with fresh limes
The second step in making this Basil Strawberry Limeade is squeezing the fresh limes.
I know some people might think that it is an extra step and it is easier to purchase bottled lime juice from the store, but I promise you that limeade made with freshly squeezed lime juice is superior to the bottled version. It tastes much more fresh and flavorful.
As you will see in the recipe below, I mixed 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice with 5 cups of cold water to make my homemade limeade.
Mix everything in a jug with ice and serve
The final step of making this honey-sweetened limeade is the assembly of the drink.
Before you mix everything together I recommend preparing the fruit. I prefer having chunks of strawberries in my strawberry limeade, but if you are a fan of pureed strawberries you could certainly puree them beforehand.
To assemble the limeade, mix honey simple syrup and lime juice in a cup until fully incorporated. Then fill a large jug with ice and pour the mixture over.
Finally, add in the chunks of strawberries and fresh basil leaves and give it a mix. After a quick mix, cover it with plastic wrap, place it in the fridge for at least two hours for all the flavors to marinade.
I know it is hard to wait, but I promise you it is worth the wait. The few hours spent in the fridge bring everything together and make the most delicious summer drink that is perfect for everyone in the family.
With all this being said, if you want to turn this strawberry basil drink into a refreshing summer cocktail, you can always add in a shot of tequila (for Strawberry Basil Margarita) or vodka. Just sayin’.
Other refreshing sugar-free drinks you might like
- Mint and Rosemary Lemonade
- Ginger Iced Tea
- Lemongrass Ginger Rhubarb Soda – Vanilla and Bean
- Need more inspiration? Check out all our easy drink recipes
Other strawberry drinks you might like
Honey-Sweetened Limeade with Strawberries and Lime
To Make the Honey-Sweetened Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups water
For the Limeade:
- 10-12 medium size fresh limes plus 1 more as garnish you need 1 cup of lime juice
- 1 cup strawberries sliced – plus more as garnish
- 1/4 cup of basil chopped - plus more as garnish
- 5-6 cups of water
To make the honey-sweetened simple syrup:
- Place honey and 1 1/2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Cook until honey is completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool.
- Zest 3 limes and place the zest in the saucepan with the dissolved honey.
- Squeeze the juices of the limes. You should have at least one cup of lime juice.
To make the limeade:
- Place the honey mixture and lime juice in a pitcher. Add in sliced strawberries and chopped basil.
- Add in 5 cups of cold water and give it a good stir. Place it in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, pour limeade into glasses filled with ice and garnish with chunks of strawberries and fresh basil leaves.
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This recipe was originally published in May 2016. It has been updated with a few new photos and additional helpful information. No changes have been made to the recipe.