Friday, June 17, 2011

Toast With This!: Refreshing Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda

When the heat is on and the weekend is on your heels, what could be better than a refreshing mocktail to cool things down? 

This Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda, courtesy of Bon Appetit, couldn't be more timely, giving a nod to the strawberry season that's upon us, the brightness of fresh lemon and the delicate sweetness of basil.  A perfect trifecta in my book.

So here's wishing you a weekend full of rest, relaxation--and Happy Sipping!


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 5 small strawberries (or 3 large strawberries, quartered) plus 1 thin slice for garnish
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup soda water


  • Combine fresh lemon juice, raw sugar, basil, whole strawberries, and salt in a pint glass. Muddle ingredients with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Add ice cubes and soda water and stir until chilled. Strain into a 12-oz. glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a strawberry slice.







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