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Chef D’s Herb Garden Lemonade

This refreshing drink can be enjoyed as soon as the basil starts to flourish, and throughout the hot summer months.

Try adding berries for additional flavor and color. Start with strawberries in the early summer, and move onto raspberries and blackberries as they ripen in July and August.

WFIU’s Payton Knobeloch, of Digital 1229 brings us this video from the kitchens of FARMbloomington Restaurant. Special thanks to videographer Jacob Lindauer.

Chef D’s Herb Garden Lemonade


  • 1 cup bar sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup basil
  • 8 lemons- juiced (about 1 ½ C)
  • 3 cups ice water
  • Ice and fresh basil sprigs to garnish


  1. Pour hot water, sugar and basil in a blender and gently pulse to bruise the basil and release its flavor and color.
  2. Strain through cheesecloth.
  3. Combine with juice and cold water and mix.
  4. Serve over ice with basil leaf garnish.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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