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
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.