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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Basil Iced Tea

Yup, this glass is only a third full. I just wanted a picture to go with my post. You make a basil syrup or a basil water and add a bit to your iced tea. (Southern Living had this idea for something else)

Basil syrup

1 cup of boiling water
1 cup of firmly packed basil leaves
(if you like sweetness you can dissolve up to a cup of sugar in the water)

If using sugar stir sugar into boiling water until it dissolves (I omitted the sugar). Remove from the heat and add the basil leaves and set in the frig to cool. Let cool for 24 hours with the basil leaves in the water. Then remove the leaves. This makes a fragrant basil water. I use it without the sugar to add to my tea or to give basil flavor to different dishes.

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