Herbal Sodas


Don't let an abundance of herbs go to waste. Pluck several types of sprigs -- we used basil, mint, and thyme -- and we use them to flavor a basic sugar syrup. Mix the concoction with ice and sparkling water, then garnish the drinks with additional sprigs.


  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¾ ounce fresh herbs, such as basil, lemon verbena, mint, tarragon, or thyme

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Ice, for serving

  • Sparkling water or club soda, for serving


  1. Put sugar and 1 cup water into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; add herbs. Cover; let cool completely.

  2. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into a small bowl; discard herbs. Stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

  3. Fill glasses with ice. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons syrup; top with sparkling water or club soda, and stir.

Cook's Notes

You can freeze the infused syrup in ice cube trays and enjoy it for up to 1 month.

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