Going back to her childhood days in Büyükada, Müge shares with us her special recipe of lemonade with purple basil. read more
Going back to her childhood days in Büyükada, Müge shares with us her special recipe of lemonade with basil.
Lemonade has a very special place in my life. Lemonade evokes my childhood memories; the famous Lale Buffet in Büyükada, the toasts we used to eat in the middle of the night, sugar pastry my father used to buy in the mornings and my mother giving me lemonade as a vitamin when I was sick…
Though making lemonade seems easy, not all of them have the same taste or the look. Some of the lemonades are too sugary or sour, whereas some come up with a bitter taste because of keeping the dregs inside too much.
I like my lemonade sweet. My favorites are those made from real lemon and lemon juice, which are found in old patisseries mostly.
My father is a lemonade lover just like me, so I trust his taste a lot. He always talks about those lemonades he used to drink in Heybeliada during his childhood. He says he couldn’t find anyone who can achieve the same taste. Fortunately, he loves the lemonades in Sanayi 313.
We thought we could try something different for our lemonades and made diversifications. We make lemonades with strawberries, basil, purple basil and cucumbers. My favorite is the one with purple basil.
• 6 lemons’ juice (with the dregs)
• 6 lemons’ juice (without the dregs)
• 3 limes’ juice (with the dregs)
• 3 limes’ juice (without the dregs)
• 10 glasses of cold water
• 450 gr. brown sugar
• Half bundle of purple basil
• Ice – optional
After blending all the ingredients in a blender, we keep the mix in the fridge for one night. By this way, all the tastes are combined. Then, we strain the concentrated mix and serve by adding ice and water.
If you wish to add a touch to your lemonade glass, put a purple basil leaf on the side of your glass and enjoy!
TAGS: LEMONADE, PURPLE BASIL, BÜYÜKADA, SUMMER