Strawberry and Balsamic Basil Soda

Recipe Review

We adore the combination of strawberries and basil and strawberries and Balsamic vinegar, so we wondered: what happens when you combine all three ingredients ... in drink form? Pure, summery refreshment.

Fragrant, fizzy, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet, On The Lamb's strawberry and Balsamic basil soda is destined to become our non-alcoholic drink of choice for spring and summer brunches and picnics. It consists of a simple formula: strawberry-Balsamic purée + basil simple syrup + seltzer or club soda.

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There's a lot of room for variation in whipping up the components and assembling the drinks – use more or less vinegar in the purée (though we found the amount called for just enough to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries), substitute sugar for agave nectar in the syrup, mix the drink sweeter or less sweet, punch it up with sparkling wine instead of fizzy water.

We can imagine loads of other uses for the purée and simple syrup, too, such as spooning the purée over desserts or whisking it into vinaigrette and using the basil syrup in iced tea or cocktails.

Give it a try!

Strawberry & Balsamic Basil Soda, from On The Lamb/Surfas

And a variation with Prosecco: Strawberry Balsamic Basil Spritzer, from A Cozy Kitchen

Related: Even More Basil Cocktails: Strawberry, Lemon, and Vodka

(Images: Emily Ho)

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Emily Han (formerly Emily Ho) is a writer, recipe developer and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food and herbalism. She is author of Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fall 2015), co-founder of Food Swap Network and creator of Miss Chiffonade