[Foodie Friday Recipe] Healthy Herbal Basil Ginger Limeade

Skip the sugary sodas and try a healthy summer herbal beverage instead, like this delicious basil ginger limeade!

Summer is almost here, and that means pot-lucks, backyard barbecues, and picnics – none of which would be complete without a cold, refreshing beverage in your hand! Unfortunately, most of the beverage offerings at these events tend to be sugary, chemical-filled soft drinks, which may taste good at the time but won’t do any favors for your health.

This summer, resolve to make a switch to a healthier option: homemade herbal-based beverages!

For example, this delicious basil ginger limeade is packed with fresh, summery flavors and healthy ingredients like anti-inflammatory ginger, and basil, which helps aid digestion. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up a big batch ahead of time for your next summer potluck or barbecue! Instead of reaching for a sugary soda, next time, try a delicious herbal beverage instead.

Ginger Basil Limeade Recipe

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

Directions:

  1. Place ginger, basil and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well
  2. Bring water and herbs just barely to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire
  3. Let basil and ginger steep for 1-2 hours
  4. Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the tea
  5. Gently re-heat tea and add honey
  6. Add lime juice and garnish
  7. Drink chilled for a great summer refreshment (or warm in the winter)
  8. The shelf life of this tea is about two days if kept covered in the refrigerator
For more tips on making this recipe, watch the video at LivingAwareness.com

 

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