Lemony Fresh Herb Cooler

Lemony Fresh Herb Cooler

Prep Time: 0

Yield: 8

This refreshing cooler is a great highlight for any summer party.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups (packed) basil leaves and small sprigs
  • 1 cup (packed) cilantro leaves and small sprigs
  • 1 cup (packed) mint leaves ans small sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Cold club soda
  • lemon twists and mint

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer for 5 minutes; let the syrup cool.

    In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar syrup with the basil, cilantro, mint, tarragon, lemon zest and lemon juice, and puree. Let stand for 1 hour, then strain through a coarse sieve, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

    For each drink, pour ¼ cup of the fresh herb syrup over cracked ice and fill with club soda. Garnish the drinks with a lemon twist, mint sprigs, and serve.

    Variation:
    To make a cocktail, add half a shot of vodka and half a shot of rum to each drink.
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