Schools out and the weather is warming up. Summer is so fun but it can get hot, kids and grown-ups need to drink a lot of water. Sometimes it is hard to choose water over juice or soda. We have a fresh idea to change up the drinking water blues. Fresh lemons and a bunch of basil can do the trick, just add water.
1 bunch basil (save a few sprigs of basil for garnish)
2 25 oz. bottles chilled sparkling water (you may substitute with drinking water)
This recipe requires a grown-up helper. Rinse the basil, set a few sprigs aside for garnish, put the rest into a large pitcher or glass container. Take a wooden spoon and crush some of the basil leaves gently against the side of the container. Cut 2 of the lemons into 1/8 inth slices and place in the container with the basil. Pour the sparkling water into the container with the basil and lemon. Juice the remaining lemon and pour into the water. Stir and serve over ice, garnish drinks with a sprig of basil. Approximately 8 servings.
Photo by Meg Smith