Ginger Basil Limeade

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Ginger Basil Limeade

About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Ginger Basil Limeade Ayurveda Recipe

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

ayurvedic perspective

Sour lime mixes with spicy-sweet fresh ginger in this chilled beverage that will wake up your mind as it delights your palate. A refreshing glass of this Ginger Basil Limeade will help you feel as light and bright as the summer day. Pour yourself a glass for a midday break on your front porch. You’ll feel enlivened and stimulated by this perfect, late afternoon pick-me-up. Ginger and basil wake up your taste buds. Lime will pucker your lips, and make your mouth water with refreshment. Your whole family will be uplifted. For extra fun, take out your favorite tumbler and salt the rim!

Wake Up Your Mind

Do you ever feel like you just can’t think during the dog-day afternoons of summer? On humid days, the balmy air leaves your mind foggy, your skin sticky, and your breath shallow. The mental vitality and physical energy you normally feel in crisper colder months just evaporates under the summer sun. The next time you feel that heaviness of mind, pour a glass of Ginger Basil Limeade.

Ginger increases circulation and lime stimulates your whole body, helping you feel radiant on sluggish days. A touch of lime, salt and sugar restores your strength as it replenishes electrolytes lost due to sweating. Fresh basil clarifies your thoughts with its light pungent herbal taste. This sassy limeade adds verve and pep to your day. Your mind will wake right up, bringing back your sparkle and sharpness. Feel like yourself again!

Strengthen Your Summer Appetite

On a hot summer day you won’t feel as hungry due to the intense heat. Ginger limeade strengthens your digestive fire or “agni” when the temperature is hot outside. Ginger is a revered tridoshic digestive that will perk up a lazy appetite on a hot day. Lime is also a cooling way to kickstart your digestion and lubricate your entire GI. A touch of salt and sugar also aids in the digestion.





1/2 c                  Basil

2 inch                  Ginger (Fresh)

1 whole                  Lime

2 tsp                  Raw Sugar



  1. Use a fine grater to make about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Juice limes. Chop ginger into chunks.


  1. Add 1c water to a blender with ginger, lime juice, lime zest, raw sugar and a small handful of fresh basil leaves. Blend until smooth.


  1. Combine ginger-lime juice with an additional 3 cups of water in a pitcher. Garnish with fresh basil. Chill and serve. Pour through a sieve or strainer into a pitcher.


Salt the rim of your glasses to complete this mock-tail while satisfying all six tastes!


I like to mix in sparkling lime water or soda.


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