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.