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)
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 fromĀ The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board