Lemon Verbena Lemonade

7 cups

Lemon verbena, which has lemon's clean taste but not its tartness, balances the acidity of fresh lemonade.


  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • ¼ cup lemon verbena leaves

  • 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained (from about 24 lemons)

  • Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes, for garnish (optional)


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and add lemon verbena. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely.

  2. Combine lemon juice and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher. Fill glasses with lemon verbena ice, and divide lemonade among glasses.

Cook's Notes

Play around with different herbs, substituting whatever is available for the lemon verbena leaves. Basil, tarragon, and bay make for inspired sips.

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