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Preserve the best flavors of Spring by making a drinking vinegar! They make the most refreshing beverage on a hot day combined simply with some sparkling water and a squeeze of lime.
Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 1 cup packed fresh herbs (I used thai basil and mint)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • soda water
  • ice
  • lime wedges
  1. Place the basil in a large bowl and add the cup of sugar. Using your fingers or the back of a large spoon crush the leaves and squeeze the herbs and sugar until the whole mixture smells fragrant. The natural oils in the basil will work into the sugar and increase the flavor of the shrub. Add the strawberries, cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight. The next day add the cup of rice vinegar strain the mixture through a large sieve into a large glass jar or container. Don't toss the fruit! Use it on top of ice cream or a piece of cake. They would also be great on top of waffles or pancakes or your favorite bowl of oatmeal!
  2. To serve add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the syrup to a large glass filled with ice and then fill the rest of the glass with soda water. Garnish with fresh strawberries, extra herbs and a wedge of lime if desired. The syrup will keep up to six months in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Scaling Back at