Sparkling Basil Lemonade

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / November 11, 2013

Sparkling Basil Lemonade, from Cool Refreshing Drinks

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Chef Maybury created this lemon-based aperitif from the bounty of citrus popular year-round in Phoenix, where it often tops 110 degrees during the dehydrating days of summer. Stay refreshed with cooling spa treatments and detoxing drinks, he urges.


4 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 basil leaves (hand-tear to release aromatic oils)
1 ounce San Pellegrino Limonata (or sparkling lemon soda)
1 ounce homemade Basil Simple Syrup (below)

Directions: “Shake lemon juice and Basil Simple Syrup over ice for one minute,” says Chef Maybury. “Pour into a high-ball glass, top with sparkling soda and garnish with a basil leaf, then serve.” Packed with Vitamin C, the Sparkling Basil Lemonade is a natural pick-me-up.

Basil Simple Syrup


4 ounces organic sugar
4 ounces water
1 basil leaf and stem


Bring ingredients to boil and simmer for 5 minutes, then strain, cool and serve.

Recipe from Gordon Maybury, Executive Chef
The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey, M.S. is a travel and wellness expert who earned a Master’s Degree in the health sciences while writing and editing for industry giants, such as The New York Times, Fitness Magazine and Her true passion is adventure travel and her spa reporting has taken her all over the world.
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