May 1, 2011

Strawberry Lemon Basil Soda

today's drink

Strawberries! I have an overwhelming amount of strawberries in my kitchen right now. There’s definitely a reason for that, but I’ll get to that later. Right now I’m thirsty and I want to do something with my loot. The current issue of Bon Appetit suggests I make a soda with them. Yes. Good call, Bon Appetit. I like you even more now.

the making of a strawberry basil soda

So here I am drinking this soda. It’s like grownup sparkling strawberry lemonade and it’s super refreshing! I can definitely see a lot of these in my future….with a lot of gin. CHEERS!

And we’re off!

Put the quartered strawberries in a tall glass with the lemon juice, basil, salt & sugar.

get ready to MUDDDDDLE!

Now MUDDLE until the sugar dissolves. Add ice & club soda to the mixture. Let it chill.


And strain it over a new cup to collect all of the strawberries & basil.


Plop a strawberry in to finish.

new cup with a strawberry

Add a few more ice cubes in the glass. Take a sip!

strawberry basil soda

Refreshing, isn’t it?

Strawberry Lemon Basil Soda

makes 1 drink

(Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit, but originally from Contigo)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 5 strawberries (4 quartered, 1 whole)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3/4 club soda

Combine fresh lemon juice, sugar, basil, 4 quartered strawberries, and salt into a pint glass. Muddle the ingredients with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Add the ice and club soda and let it sit until chilled. Strain into a 12 oz. glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a whole strawberry.

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