Beet Lemonade

1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup beet juice*
1/2 cup water (more to taste)
Ice
Fresh basil leaves (optional)
Fresh cheese (optional)

Prepare the simple syrup; in saucepan heat sugar and 1 1/4 cup water over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
In pitcher, combine simple syrup, lemon juice, beet juice, and water. Stir to combine. Add additional water to taste. Serve over ice.
Garnish with basil leaves and serve with a fresh cheese.

*2-3 beets will yield approximately 3/4 cup when juiced.

Recipe from The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board