March 18, 2013

{Easy Summer Recipes} Strawberry Balsamic Basil Soda

Summer has arrived for us and during these sweltering hot days as the temperatures are rising, a chilled beverage is preferred as a 24x7 summer fix. A glass of plain water is just so blah to beat the scorching heat waves around. Over the years, I had bookmarked many summer recipes and just like any other, my recipe-list has been overflowing with new ideas to try. Under the label - "Easy Summer Recipes", I want to try and if they turn out right, I want to share them all with you in coming months. Are you excited just as I am? Let's jump start this series with an easy yet delicious soda recipe - Strawberry Balsamic Basil Soda.

Enjoy and make some today!

So, which recipe depicts summer to you? I would love to know them all. :-)

...the ingredients...

...simple basil syrup...add to your everyday green tea for a herby feel!

..strawberry balsamic puree..

..blend it all with club soda and Voila! a refreshing summer drink is ready...

Sending this as an entry to 
Healthy Vegan Fridays and The Wellness Weekend.

{Recipe}  Strawberry Balsamic Basil Soda

Makes 4-5 glasses of soda
Adapted from A Cozy Kitchen


1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
3/4 to 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (amount varies depending on how sweet or tart the strawberries are and how much vinegar you prefer)
2 cups club soda or sparkling water

For Basil Syrup - 

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely minced


1. To make the basil syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring frequently for about a minute, and then remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then add minced basil. Place in a jar or other airtight container and allow to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours (overnight is preferred).

2. In a blender or food processor, add the chopped strawberries and balsamic vinegar to blend into a puree. In pitcher, add chilled basil syrup and strawberry-balsamic puree. Mix  in the club soda and stir well before pouring into glasses. Serve over crushed ice to be enjoyed on a hot summer day.

..Cheers everybody to glorious (not too hot) summer days ahead...

This is Recipe 18 for my The 100 Recipe Challenge for Year 2013. Check out the rest of the recipes posted so far...


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  1. This looks nice, must try. I am making aam ka panna right now. Super cooling for the crazy crazy heat here

  2. That looks super refreshing and perfect for the weather....nice clicks siri

  3. The photos look beautiful! I'm always on the look out for lovely drink recipes. This one looks perfect to try on a hot day.

  4. love it! i have heard strawberries and basil are a great combo but never tried it myself

  5. Super refreshing!! Love the syrup, I make similar syrups in summer!


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