I just tried out a new recipe that we all loved, so I thought I would share!
(It's easy and you don't need a lot of fancy ingredients!)
Basil Lime Fizz
2 T. basil syrup
2 T. lime juice
Chilled sparkling water or club soda
Pour the syrup and lime juice into the bottom of a 12- oz. tumbler. Fill the glass about 2/3 full with ice. Pour the sparkling water as you stir with a spoon.
1 and 1/2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup water
1/8 t. baking soda
First blanch the basil leaves. Plunge them into a small pot of rapidly boiling water for 10 seconds, then drain and plunge them into a small bowl of ice water. Drain again and gently squeeze the excess water from the leaves.
Puree the blanched basil in a blender with the sugar, water, and baking soda until you have a dark green liquid, about 30 seconds. Pour the syrup through a fine strainer, stirring with the back of a spoon to help push it through. Keeps for 2-3 days in refrigerator.
(Recipe, thanks to Jerry Traunfeld's 'The Herbal Kitchen'...a brilliant herbal cookbook)