Strawberry Basil Mint Soda
Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
The strawberry basil mint syrup I invented today is one of my favorite homemade syrups so far. I first thought about infusing some gin with these tasty ingredients. Then I thought if I made a syrup instead, I could still use it to flavor cocktails, but I could also use it for non-alcoholic sodas. We recently treated ourselves to a Sodastream – a super gadget that carbonates water easily. It’s a very fun gizmo. I added some of this delectable strawberry basil mint syrup to our homemade soda water, and declared it a big winner. The garnish is a stem of the basil mint with the lower leaves removed, so it doubles as a swizzle stick. Keep an eye out for basil mint to add to your garden. It really tastes like basil, and is so much easier to grow. Now here is how to make this memorable syrup.
Strawberry Basil Mint Syrup
- 3 cups strawberries – washed, hulled and chopped
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup loosely packed basil mint, or equal parts basil and mint
- 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
Combine the strawberries and water, and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the basil mint, and simmer for 10 more minutes. If you want a stronger basil mint flavor, add this component earlier.
Strain through a sieve, and return the syrup to the pan. Add the sugar, bring to a boil, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens slightly. Cool and refrigerate.