Blueberry Basil Limeade


This refreshing warm-weather sipper is a sophisticated version of a traditional summer drink. It starts with a coconut sugar simple syrup infused with fresh organic basil, some tart lime juice, and sweet blueberries served over ice. A gorgeous drink that is oh-so-delicious too!

3⁄4 cup Natural Grocers® Brand Bulk Organic Coconut Sugar
5 cups water, divided
6 large sprigs organic basil, plus leaves for garnish
1 cup organic lime juice
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Blueberries
  Optional: lime-flavored sparkling water

1. Heat the coconut sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add 6 sprigs of basil, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher, discarding the basil leaves. Stir in the lime juice and the remaining water; chill for 1 hour.

2. Add the frozen blueberries to the pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses, garnish with fresh basil leaves, and serve. Try a bubbly version by filling the glasses only halfway with the limeade and topping off with sparkling water.