Sweet Basil Smoothie

Sweet Basil Smoothie      4 (6 oz.) servings

(recipe from Giada at Home by Giada De Laurentiis)

1 1/4 cups plain yogurt

1 packed cup fresh basil leaves

Lemon Zest Syrup (recipes follows)

1 cup ice

    Combine everything together in a blender until smooth and frothy.  Serve immediately.  ENJOY!

Lemon Zest Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

    Combine everything in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring it to a boil; then reduce the heat.  Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.  Take off the heat and cool about 20 minutes.  Strain into a small pitcher and use immediately or store in refrigerator for later.