- Fresh lemon basil leaves and stems from your garden
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- club soda or seltzer water
- Harvest one cup of lemon basil leaves and stems early in the morning when the herbs essential oils are the strongest.
- Rinse them in cool water and drain on a paper towel.
- In a medium sized sauce pan measure one cup of water and one cup of granulated sugar.
- Bring the pot to a boil and remove from the heat.
- Allow the simple syrup cool for about 20 minutes.
- Once the syrup is cool crush the lemon basil leaves and stems slightly and put it into the pot of simple syrup.
- Stir and push the leaves down so they are submerged in the syrup.
- Let the lemon basil leaves and stems steep for one hour.
- After an hour strain the lemon basil leaves and stems from the syrup through a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
- Make sure to remove all pieces of the herb. If you don’t it could mold.
- Pour your lemon basil simple syrup into a jar with a lid and cover.
- Store any left over syrup in the refrigerator. It will keep for a couple of weeks.
- To make a glass of lemon basil herbal soda measure 2 to 4 tablespoons of lemon basil simple syrup into a glass filled with ice.
- Pour club soda or seltzer water over the ice and stir.
- Take a big sip and enjoy. Ah it tastes so good!
- Makes one glass of herbal soda.
- Category: Homemade Soda
- Method: Steeped
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 8 ounce glass
- Calories: 105
- Carbohydrates: 25g