Monday, August 14, 2017

Lime Basil Water

Basil is the one herb that consistently thrives in our yard.  It doesn’t matter where we plant it, or how much we neglect it.  We always end up with lots of basil.  I’m not complaining.  I love basil, and I love finding new ways to use it.  My latest way of using basil is incredibly simple, and incredibly delicious.

We all know we need to drink plenty of water, especially during the warmer weather, but sometimes it’s hard.  Plain water can be a little boring.  Adding lime and basil brightens it up a little bit, but the flavors are still fairly subtle.  

Lime Basil Water:
1 gallon of water
½ cup basil leaves, rinsed
1 Tbsp lime juice.

Combine all three ingredients in a pitcher, stir, and refrigerate.


Recipe Notes:
I like to use this style pitcher because the ice guard keeps the basil leaves in the pitcher, and out of my glass.  The basil flavor gets stronger over time, so if you don’t drink all of the water within about 24 hours, spoon the basil leaves out, otherwise the flavor becomes a little too strong.  I use plain tap water.  I know it’s not the case everywhere, but the water here tastes good and doesn’t have any strange odors.


  1. Hmm. Lime water is tasty, but I never thought to add basil. We will have to try this sometime soon! :)

    Hope all is well, Danielle!

  2. I like a bit of basil on my salmon. Not sure I'd like it in water, but I'll have to try it before I knock it.

  3. Interesting with the basil and lime in water. Done lime water before, but never even thought of adding basil. It is good to live in a place where the tap water tastes good. It is similar here in Phoenix. Its drinkable and then some. I've visited other places where it was like "I need to buy a case of bottled water while we are here."


  4. I smiled when I read about the abundance of basil you grow. It is the one herb I have no success with.

  5. Well, I love basil (I grow it too and have a lot!) and I love lime, so I think reading this was meant to be!

    And I also loved your comment at my blog today. You made me smile (and I've been sick so smiling is a bit of an issue!) Thank you!

  6. My d-in-law grows herbs incl. basil (in Chicago). I will send this to her.

  7. i use lemon and lime in my water but will have to try it with the basil now that you've mentioned it.


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