Basil Lemonade

1 1/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
6 cups cold water
15-20 basil leaves
1 extra lemon for garnishing

Bring the 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small pot and then remove from heat. Add the sugar and stir until well dissolved. Crumble and roll the basil leaves in your hands to release the oils. Add them to the water and sugar mixture along with the lemon zest. Let it sit until cool. Pour the cold water and lemon juice into a pitcher. Strain the contents of the pot, discard the basil and lemon zest and add the liquid to the pitcher. Stir well and enjoy. 

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