Mint and basil lemonade with honey simple syrup is a tart and refreshing paleo summer mocktail! It's sugar free, guilt free, and delicious!
Combine the honey and half a cup of water in a small pot on the stove until the liquid just barely comes to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the honey. Remove from heat.
Pour the honey simple syrup over the muddled herbs and then allow to steep and cool at room temperature, 30 minutes and up to several hours (the longer it steeps, the more flavor it will impart).
Strain the simple syrup into a pitcher or a quart sized mason jar. Use a mason jar if proceeding with the sparking or cocktail variations (see notes).
Juice 8-10 lemons until you have 1.5 to 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Use less for sweeter lemonade, more for a tarter lemonade. We love our electric juicer for this purpose!
Combine the mint and basil simple syrup with the lemon juice and remaining water in a large pitcher, along with 2 cups of ice. Stir.
Pour over ice and serve with a sprig each of mint and basil.
Variation 1: Sparkling Mint and Basil Lemonade
Variation 2: Vodka Mint and Basil Lemonade
Variation 3: Sparkling Vodka Mint and Basil Lemonade