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STRAWBERRY-BASIL SPARKLING FRUIT DRINK (AKA SODA)

By Ray Patterson

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) fresh, organic strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh herbs, such as basil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup bottled sparkling water
  • Ice

In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Add basil leaves and set aside to steep and cool for 20 minutes. Remove basil. In a blender, combine the cooled syrup, strawberries and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Add the sparkling water and pour into an ice-filled pitcher.

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At Edible Monterey Bay, our mission is to celebrate the local food cultures of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, season by season.

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