Today is National Beverage Day!

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Italian Sparkling Lemonade

Today is National Beverage Day! It’s a chance to kick back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the day. The term “beverage” is broadly defined. So, how about celebrating all beverages today.  Beverage Day should be a day of pleasure and relaxation.  And experts recommend drinking at least 3 liters of fluid a day for men and 2.2 for women. Why not make it more interesting than a glass of water?

BE BOLD! Take advantage of Beverage Day and try a beverage that you have never had before. Here is a tasty and refreshing take on a lemonade recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network.  It’s an Italian Sparkling Lemonade.

 
Ingredients

2 cups lemon juice, about 12 to 15 lemons
2 cups Basil Simple Syrup, recipe follows
2 cups cold or sparkling water
Ice
Lemon twists, for garnish

 
Directions
Mix lemon juice, Basil Simple Syrup, and water together in a pitcher. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour over ice filled glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.
 
Basil Simple Syrup:
 
1 bunch fresh basil, washed and stemmed
2 cups sugar
1 cup water

In a saucepan combine basil, sugar, and water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 5 minutes. Cool, strain the simple syrup, and store in the refrigerator.

One thought on “Today is National Beverage Day!

  1. I had no idea about National Beverage Day… I’ll have to mark my calendar for it next year! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post!

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