Strawberry Basil Soda

Lightly fizzy and sweet (but not cloying) with the subtle pepperiness of basil, Strawberry Basil Soda is a perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer afternoon.

Recipe makes about 2 cups syrup. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Calories 57 kcal


  • 1 pound strawberries , cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup loosely-packed basil leaves , torn
  • chilled sparkling water , for serving
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  1. Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup water, granulated sugar, strawberry puree, and basil.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  3. Strain cooled mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract juices. Discard solids. Chill syrup until ready to use.

  4. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of strawberry basil syrup into a glass. Fill with ice and sparkling water. Gently stir and add additional syrup to taste. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil or a strawberry slice.

Recipe Notes

The strawberry-basil syrup will stay fresh for about 10 days in the refrigerator in a tightly-sealed container. Stir before using.