Basil Infused Cherry Limeade
- 1.5 lb 1.5 lb 1.5 lb Cherries, fresh, pitted
- 4 whole 4 whole 4 whole Lime Zest
- 4 whole 4 whole 4 whole Lime Juice, juice
- 0.25 cup 0.25 cup 0.25 cup Basil, fresh, packed
- 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp Honey, Raw
- Juicer Instructions: Pit the cherries and run them through the juicer. Pour the juice into a sauce pan and place on medium-high heat.
- Zest the limes and add it to the cherry juice mixture. Take the rind off the limes and run the flesh through the juicer.
- Add the lime juice to the pot along with the basil and honey. Let it steep for about 15 minutes. It can simmer slightly but I would not recommend a boil.
- Take the mixture off the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. It should be a silky smooth consistency.
- Feel free to reserve the basil leaves and put them back in the concentrate for optimal flavor.
- Blender Instructions: Pit the cherries and place in your blender. Puree until very smooth. Put the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and get some of the pulp out.
- Place the juice in a sauce pan and place on medium-high heat. Zest and juice the limes and add it to the pot.
- Then add the basil and honey and let it steep for about 15 minutes. It can simmer slightly but I would not recommend a boil.
- Take the mixture off the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Feel free to reserve the basil leaves and put them back in the concentrate for optimal flavor.
- Assembly: 2+Tablespoons concentrate to 1 Cup sparkling water. You can add more or less to match personal taste. Top with lime and cherries if desired!
*The lime is also up to personal preference and also size of the fruit. It is possible you will need to add more to taste. **You really can substitute any type of sweetener in this. I tolerate raw honey the best so that is what I chose to do. If you want a lower glycemic load than liquid stevia would be a good option. My cherries were pretty sweet and I didn’t think it required much sweetener but I am pretty sensitive to sweet things. I easily could have gone with less then what I put but I knew I would be serving it to others. I would taste it as you go and decide how much you prefer.
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