Lemonade in the summertime is a must! Add some basil to that and you have a really tasty & refreshing beverage. Here is a great recipe for lemonade by Simply Recipes. After the simple syrup is made, I take it off the heat and put in a large handful of basil leaves and let it steep until it gets to room temperature. Then I just mix the cooled basil-simple syrup mixture into a pitcher and add water. You can also add extra slices of lemon & some small basil leaves along with ice.
Of course a very popular and great way to use up some basil is to make pesto! I like walnuts in mine and don’t add cheese unless I want to later on before serving. Simply Recipes also has a wonderful recipe for pesto.
For those of you that don’t know, here’s my first little bit of fun news: I’m going to be blogging for Edible Front Range on Wednesdays. My “area of specialty” will be taking photo essays and shoots of food sources. So that means I’ll be visiting farms, ranches, farmers’ markets in Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo, etc! There are so many that I haven’t explored yet! I love the Edible publications and I’m so excited!