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Strawberry Basil Balsamic Soda

2 simple home-made mixtures combine into sparkling bliss!

Prep time:

15

Cook time:

25

Ingredients:

1 Pint Strawberries, greenery removed
1 Tablespoon Pour Olive Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
Pinch Of Salt
1 Cup Water, Divided
½ Cup Sugar
1 Cup Basil Leaves
Club Soda
Sliced Strawberries And Basil Leaves For Garnish

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Foil line a sheet pan. Toss strawberries, Pour Olive strawberry balsamic, sugar, and salt together. Spread out onto foil.
  3. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, till the berries are caramelized. Puree with 1/2 cup water until smooth then strain the berry mixture and discard the solids. Reserve juice in a bowl.
  4. In a small pot, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and basil leaves together. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins, allowing the basil to flavor the simple syrup. Strain the syrup into a bowl and discard basil leaves.
  5. Once the basil simple syrup is cool, combine with the strawberry juice.  This mixture may be kept in a sealed container in the cooler for at least 1 to 2 weeks!

    (Once the syrup is complete it's easy sailing from here)

TO SERVE:  
Spoon 2 TBsp of syrup into an 8oz glass. Fill with soda water. Adjust flavor by adding more syrup and garnish with fresh strawberries and       basil leaves.

Enjoy this sophisticated yet simple drink everyday or as a treat with friends! Pairs well with the Grilling Season!