Easy 10 Minute Mint and Basil Lemonade Recipe

Easy 10 Minute Mint and Basil Lemonade Recipe

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If there's one thing I have a green thumb for it's kitchen herbs. My thumb runs light green so I'm always delighted when I'm able to harvest a bunch of fresh and fragrant mint and basil from my small container garden.

photo of lemons and fresh mint and basil herbs

This super easy and fast mint and basil lemonade recipe is just the right beverage to enjoy on a lazy weekend afternoon or pair with harder ingredients to welcome guests to a warm weather cocktail party.

I'm going to share a variety of ways to enjoy this quick recipe that elevates lemonade with the bright flavors of summer.

photo of lemonade in a pitcher with calla lilies in a vase and ice in glasses with mint garnish


The first step in whipping up this fast lemonade recipe is to gather your fresh ingredients.

Each May, I plant a small shallow and large diameter planter with a variety of kitchen herbs: basil, mint, chives, tarragon, dill. 

I'll save my lavender and rosemary for their own containers as they are a hearty and like their own space!

Fresh, whole lemons are next. If you prefer, save this step and use high-quality bottled lemon juice for a fast and easy shortcut!

Simply Simple Syrup

The fresh herb sugar mixture comes together in minutes.

Combine a cup of sugar with a cup of water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.

When the mixture is clear, take off the heat and add your fresh herbs.

Let this steep like you would a fragrant tea bag for 10 minutes.

Photo of herbs in a saucepan with water and sugar and a wooden spoon

While your simple syrup is making its magic, juice your lemons.

Use this simple syrup recipe to make all sorts of combination with herbs and spices. 

Try autumn simple syrups to add to cold weather cocktails and recipes.

Photo of a lemon being juiced in a small container

Now, pour the lemon juice through a stainer into your pitcher.

photo of a small strainer on the top of a clear glass pitcher with lemon juice in the bottom

Next, strain your sugar water into the pitcher, add ice, sparkling water and refrigerate for up to an hour.

Refreshing Cocktails to Serve this Summer

Here are some of my favorite easy to mix mocktails and cocktails to share on the deck or patio this summer.

Each one is refreshing and can be adjusted to your flavor preferences. Cheers!

Sparkling hound recipe

Grapefruit and thyme shrub recipe 

Skinny pina colada recipe

Hemingway daiquiri recipe

Photo of lemonade being poured into an ice filled glass

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Photo of lemonade in a glass with mint garnish


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Mint and Basil Lemonade Recipe

Easy and refreshing mint and basil simple syrup is paired with tart lemon and sparkling water for a perfect sunny day drink!



  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins




  • 1 cup Mint leaves
  • 1 cup Basil leaves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large bottle sparkling water (32 oz)
  • 2 cups Ice


  1. Combine water in sugar in a small saucepan and place over low heat on stovetop.
  2. When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add mint and basil leaves. Crush them with a wooden spoon against the side of the saucepan to release their oils.
  3. Let sugar and herb mixture steep for 10 minutes.
  4. While sugar and herbs are steeping, juice fresh lemons.
  5. In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, sugar and herb mixture. Add ice and sparkling water until full.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for up to an hour, then pour and enjoy!