I've never been a big canned soda fan...I don't know why, but mineral water has always been a lot more refreshing to me than a coke but I do love the bubbles and trying new things. So, when I saw a recent article in Bon Appetit for home-made soda--I thought a DIY soda recipe was definitely worth checking out. With easy & simple recipes for Lemongrass-Lime soda, Spicy Ginger soda and Cucumber, Mint & Basil soda, I wanted to make all three immediately...but I started with last one first. It was SO good!! Incredibly refreshing, super yummy and has excellent potential for your next cocktail party...
Here are photos and the recipe.
Cucumber, Mint & Basil Soda
Makes 12 Adapted from Bon Appetit
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cucumber, sliced into 24 rounds (approximately)
24 fresh mint leaves plus 12 sprigs for garnish
12 fresh basil leaves
6 cups of soda water, divided
Add the sugar and water to small saucepan, bring to boil--dissolving sugar. (This is called: simple syrup.)
Add 1/2 the cucumbers; (reserving 12 rounds for garnish), 24 mint leaves and the basil.
Cover and let steep for 30 mins.
Strain cucumber-herb syrup into jar, pressing on solids in strainer. Fill a 12-oz glass with ice cubes. Add 2-3 Tbsp. syrup and top with soda water (about 1/2 cup). Stir to combine.
Garnish with cucumber slice and a sprig of mint. Repeat to make 11 more sodas.
Or combine in bottle and store in fridge for later refreshment!