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Thai Basil and Cumin Lemonade


Serves: 4

Time: About 15 minutes

Flavors: Sour/Sweet/Herbaceous

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 fresh sprigs Thai basil, plus leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ice


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, water, sugar, Thai basil, and ginger.
  2. Put the cumin seeds in a small dry sauté pan over low heat and toast until just aromatic, about 2 minutes. Immediately add the warm cumin seeds to infuse the lemonade with the cumin flavor and stir to dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate until fully chilled, about 30 minutes.
  3. To serve, mix again and pour over ice. Garnish with Thai basil leaves.
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