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Strawberry Basil Soda

604 Strawberry Basil Soda
Mix up Carla's mocktail the whole family will love for your next BBQ!
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Mix up Carla's mocktail the whole family will love for your next BBQ!
  • 1 pound Strawberries (trimmed)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Lime (plus the zest of another lime for rimming glass)
  • 1/2 cup Basil Leaves (plus 5 more for rimming glass)
  • 1 cup Sugar (plus 3 tablespoons more for rimming glass)
  • Seltzer
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  • 1
    1 pound Strawberries (trimmed)
    Place the Strawberries in a blender, and starting at low speed, puree until completely smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Measure 1 liquid cup of the Strawberry Juice, adding Water if necessary to yield 1 cup.
  • 2
    Strawberry Juice
    2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
    Lime Juice
    Lime Zest
    1/2 cup Basil Leaves 
    1 cup Sugar 
    Pour into a small sauce pot, and add the Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Lime Zest, Basil and Sugar, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, and then remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids to yield Strawberry-Basil syrup.
  • 3
    5 Basil Leaves
    3 tablespoons Sugar
    Lime Zest
    Microwave the 5 Basil leaves for 30 seconds. Combine with the 3 tablespoons Sugar and remaining Lime Zest in a food processor and pulse to create Basil scented Sugar. Pour onto a small plate or dish.
  • 4
    Lemon / Lime Wedge
    Strawberry-Basil Syrup
    Rim the edge of the glasses with a Lemon or Lime wedge, and dip in the scented Sugar. Add 3 tablespoons of the Strawberry-Basil Syrup to the glass, a few ice cubes, and top with Seltzer. Gently stir to combine and enjoy.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Blend strawberries until smooth, then strain to discard solids
    2. Make a simple syrup out of the strawberry liquid, with lemon juice, lime juice, zest, basil & sugar.
    3. Pulse dried basil leaves, sugar & lime zest in food processor until smooth.  Coat glass rim with lime or lemon juice, then dip into sugar mixture


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