balsamic basil soda
Making your own soda at home couldn't be easier. Roasted strawberries, balsamic and basil make a super refreshing drink that will keep you cool as the weather heats up!
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or cherry 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
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. On a foil lined baking sheet combine the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt. Roast the strawberries for 20 - 25 minutes until the berries are slightly sticky and caramelized. Puree the strawberries in a blender until smooth with a ½ cup water until smooth. Strain the mixture through a sieve, pushing the juice through with a spatula. Discard solids. In a small saucepan combine the ½ cup water, ½ cup of sugar and the basil and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the syrup cool completely and then strain the syrup through a sieve into a clean container and discard the solids. Add the strawberry puree to the basil simple syrup and stir to combine.
  2. To serve, spoon 2 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup into an 8-ounce glass, top with club soda, and stir. Taste and add more syrup if desired. Garnish with sliced strawberries and basil leaves if desired. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to a week.
Recipe by Scaling Back at