Lemony Fresh Herb Coolers

The combination of fresh basil, cilantro, mint and tarragon makes an unusually refreshing drink.

 

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  • Servings: Makes about 8 drinks
KEY: Barbecue/Cookout, Cocktail Party, Game Day, Graduation Party, Holiday Open House, Kids' Party, New Year's Eve, Cocktails, Nonalcoholic Drinks, Make Ahead

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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 and small sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Cold club soda
  • Lemon twists and mint sprigs, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  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 sugar syrup cool.
  2. 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.
  3. For each drink, pour 1/4 cup of the fresh herb syrup over cracked ice and fill with club soda. Garnish the drinks with a lemon twist and mint sprigs and serve.

Make Ahead

The herb syrup can be refrigerated overnight.

Notes

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

Contributed By Photo © Dana Gallagher Published June 2001

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