I got this really exciting text on Friday:
Call me a hippie or a nerd, but baskets of herbs make me giddy. Also, fabulous deals on white jeans at the Gap make me giddy. (Original price: $69.50. Sale price: $14.99.)
My sweet friend Renee brought me thai basil, bush basil, regular basil, lemon thyme, Italian parsley, oregano and mint. The possibilities are endless! Do you know how versatile these herbs are? (Also, do you know how versatile a pair of white jeans are?)
I had about 3167 ideas for what to do with these herbs, but the lemons we had were the #1 inspiration.
Did you know it’s officially summer? Did you know that summer=lemonade?
Did you know that white jeans are not only acceptable (it’s after Memorial Day) but trendy? (Right, Bri? Am I trendy?)
Simple syrup is simple.
Adding thai basil is brilliant.
You’ll notice the empty glass. This stuff was so good that I guzzled it. Don’t worry. I was careful not to spill any on my white jeans.
7 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 cup loosely packed basil
Bring 1 cup water and sugar to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, add basil, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, leave covered for 1-2 hours. Strain basil leaves out of simple syrup. Combine syrup, lemon juice and remaining water in a large pitcher. Ice.