I like the recipe because the basil gives it a certain kick, to the basic lemonade drink; however, the problem I had with the recipe, was getting the liquid to turn pink or purple. The recipe says to take a 1/2 cup of basil and 4 tablespoons of sugar, pound it with a pestle in a mortar until a paste is formed. I didn't have a pestle and mortar, so I used my blender and this was my first attempt at this recipe.
It looked more like an apple martini than a pink or purplish lemonade. So, the next day, I tried it again and I did the steps exactly like it's written in the recipe, and again; I got an appletini. On my final attempt, I decided to pound the leaves just a little with the sugar. I added the lemon juice with a half of cup of water and I let the mixture set for 8 hours. After 8 hours, the water finally developed a pink hue. I finished the recipe with the rest of the water and let it set with sliced in half basil leaves for another 6 hours. Low and behold, I finally got the pink hue, as you see in the first picture.
Would I make it again? Yes, but I think maybe my herbs are too organic for it to turn pink right away. I might use store bought purple basil or maybe I will just forget about it and drink my green purple basil lemonade. Do you have any suggestions to get the pink color without a hassle?
Another recipe using purple basil: purple basil biscuits.