Every year I try to revamp some of my old recipes, lighten then up or give them a facelift. You get in a lull and when it comes to entertaining you don’t want to serve- lull.
So that is what I did with a few of my spritzer recipes. I love infused water and so thinking along those same lines I spiced them up a bit.
I love the bright and fresh taste of an herb or fruit spritzer. What I like even better is making a fruity drink that my whole family can enjoy. This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time then adding sparkling water right before you serve it. Your guests will love the unique flavor combination and your little guests will love this fizzy drink!
The strawberry syrup is best made ahead of time. I used my handy Ninja chopper for this but use what you have whether it is a blender or food processor. You can store this syrup in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks in an airtight container. That way you can just make as little or as much as you want. If it lasts that long!
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Strawberry Basil Spritzer
The fresh, seasonal taste of strawberries pairs well with basil. Enjoy it over ice for a light, refreshing summer drink!
1 pound strawberries, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup sugar
1 bunch basil leaves, clean and dry
1 liter Sparkling water
Puree strawberries in a blender, strain out seeds (optional).
Place puree in a saucepan and add 1 C sugar and juice of 1 lemon.
Reduce on medium heat until thickened, 5 minutes.
Allow to cool.
In a glass (8 oz style) with ice add 2-3 TB strawberry reduction and 2 basil leaves, torn.
Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water.
Muddle to combine.
Garnish with a lemon curl.
Strawberry puree keeps for 2-3 weeks in airtight bottle in refrigerator
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