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Ginger Basil Limeade: The Perfect Feast-Time Drink (Recipe)

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In a covered pot, just about bring to a boil 1 tbsp grated ginger and 2 tbsp chopped basil in 2 cups of water. Turn off the heat. Let the ginger and basil infuse for 1–2 hrs. Strain out the herbs. Reheat the broth and add 1/2 cup each of honey and lime juice. Garnish, serve warm or chilled. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and basil aids in digestion, making this drink great for feasts.

For many years, we hosted Easter at our home. My husband has six siblings, and my family has been in the same area for six generations, so what that means is — LOTS of people.

I figured out long ago that I could really save money if I made the drinks myself for these big family parties instead of filling up ice chests of store-bought drinks. Here’s a recipe for a drink that I came up with and people loved it — ginger basil limeade!

A Drink For Feasts Or Every Day

Try out this crowd-pleasing, refreshing drink that’s not just loved by all but is packed with health benefits. This is a tried and true recipe that I’ve been serving for more than two decades to family, friends, and my students in class. It is great for summer, but you can also serve it warm in the winter.

Ginger basil limeade the perfect drink for feasts and potlucks, and it will help you digest your meal, since ginger is anti-inflammatory and helps keep colds away and basil is a great digestive.

Maybe you eat healthy organic food, but could use a little boost in creating healthy drinks? Think what it would mean for our health if we drank delicious, medicinal, healing beverages for our daily refreshment. This delicious, healthy drink is also one of the best ways to get your family to consume herbs.

Ginger Basil Limeade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, grated ginger
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup lime juice

Instructions

  • Place ginger, basil, and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel pots, but glass and enamel pots also work well.
  • Bring water and herbs just barely to a boil and immediately turn off the fire.
  • Let basil and ginger steep for 1–2 hours.
  • Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the broth.
  • Gently reheat the broth and add honey.
  • Add lime juice and garnish.
  • Drink warm in the winter or chilled for a great summer refreshment.

Note: The shelf life of this drink is about two days if kept covered in the refrigerator.

What drink do you like to serve when you have guests?

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

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