BASIL LEMONADE

Ingredients: • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra basil for garnish • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lemon juice from concentrate) • 6 cups water for lemonade (+1 1/2 cups to make syrup) 1. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer. 2. Cook until sugar dissolves (DO NOT STIR), and the mixture thickens (about 5 minutes). 3. Remove from heat, add basil, and let cool to room temperature. 4. Strain syrup into re-sealable container and discard the basil. Refrigerate syrup until chilled. 5. In a 2-quart pitcher, mix water, lemon juice and syrup. Serve over ice, and add a sprig of fresh basil to each glass