Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

April 27th, 2011 by Erin Gennow
Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

This month’s Bon Appetit has homemade soda recipes.  I often add just fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to soda water for a refreshing beverage.  Adding a bit of simple syrup, muddling fruit, and herbs all contribute flavor.  Plus, you can control the amount of sugar in your drink.  Get creative and experiment with different flavors.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1 serving


6 small to medium strawberries, 1 reserved for garnish

Zest of 1 lemon

½ to 1 lemon freshly squeezed

1 tablespoon simple syrup

A handful of fresh basil leaves, at least 6 large leaves, 1 reserved for garnish

6 ounces soda water



Muddler, or wooden spoon


In the bottom of a tumbler glass pour in 1 tablespoon simple syrup, lemon zest, freshly squeezed lemon juice from ½ to 1 lemon, 5 small strawberries, and 5 basil leaves.

Muddle everything together until the strawberries are mashed and everything has released its flavor.

Strain if you wish and add the liquid back to the tumbler.  Add ice cubes to the strained muddled mixture.

Pour 6 ounces of soda water into the tumbler and serve.

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil 2

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil 2


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One Response to “Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil”

  1. Meagan says:

    For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here’s a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?

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