Strawberry Syrup and Strawberry Basil Italian Soda

 

If summer had a taste and you could bottle it up I would guarantee you that this would be it. This syrup has been on my mind for a while. It all started a year ago when I tried strawberry coffee from a local coffee shop. It was amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard of this, I’m not much for fruit or any flavored coffee really (except pumpkin of course). But this got me thinking. I could just make a strawberry syrup and have this all the time. Fast-forward to a year later and I’ve finally made it, but not necessarily for coffee. This could be used with anything, milk, sparkling water, cocktails, shaved ice….ice cream! With this particular recipe, I made a strawberry basil Italian soda and have included this bonus recipe below. It’s super easy and literally tastes like summer. Literally. Trust me. It’s so unbelievably easy to put together and it’s a fantastic way to use up some of those berries that are on the edge of being overripe.

For the syrup: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Add in 2 cups of diced strawberries and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour mixture through a mesh strainer and store in an airtight container. Place in the refrigerator once cool.

For the basil strawberry soda: Place 2-3 tbsp. syrup in a glass. Add a few basil leaves and muddle together. Add sparkling water and mix together.

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