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Purple Basil-ade (Reyhan-ata/ Reyhan Şerbeti)

Purple basil-ade, or basil sherbet as they call it in Turkey, is a very old recipe that has become popular in the last couple of years. The way it is served is quite sweet for my taste so here's my recipe for a sugar-free purple basil-ade.

1 bunch Purple basil

1/2 lemon 

2 liters boiling water


1-2 cinnamon sticks

4-6 cloves

1/2 cup sugar or any sugar substitute you want to use

-Wash the purple basil leaves and put in a jar or a pitcher

-Squeeze the lemon on top and crush/knead the leaves with lemon juice to extract the utmost color.

-Pour the boiling water on top and let it cool down overnight, uncovered. If you want a sweet sherbet, add the sugar with water and stir. If you want a sugar-free one, adding cinnamon sticks gives it a slight sweetness, which I prefer to sugar. 

-That's it. Your Basilade is ready. Serve it cold.

Note: If you make the basil drink more intense with less water, it becomes an excellent base for summer cocktails!  

This post first appeared on Almost Turkish Recipes, please read the originial post: here

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Purple Basil-ade (Reyhan-ata/ Reyhan Şerbeti)


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