- 1 1/2 cups Simple Syrup (click for recipe)
- 1/2 large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise, plus 12 slices for garnish
- 24 fresh mint leaves plus 12 sprigs for garnish
- 6 cups soda water, divided
Bring 1 1/2 cups simple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove pan from heat and add cucumber slices (reserving 12 for garnish), 24 mint leaves, and basil. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain cucumber-herb syrup into a jar, pressing on solids in strainer. Fill a 12-oz. glass with ice cubes. Add 2 Tbsp. syrup and top with soda water (about 1/2 cup). Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber slice and sprig of mint. Repeat to make 11 more sodas.
Nutritional ContentOne serving contains: Calories (kcal) 61.3 %Calories from Fat (kcal) 0.0 Fat (g) 0.0 Saturated Fat (g) 0.0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.0 Total Sugars (g) 15.8 Net Carbs (g) 15.8 Protein (g) 0.0 Sodium (mg) 0.2Reviews SectionTaste like mint and sugar, didn't get much cucumber or basil.
28 Homemade Soda Recipes to Add Exciting Fizzle to Your Day
I am a self-proclaimed food gadget junkie and from the moment the Soda Stream came out, I wanted one however, they were one of the few gadgets my husband was not too impressed with and he said no to the price tag. So I waited until a few weeks ago and bought one with two bottles and half a CO2 cartridge for ten dollars.
Now, I am out to find the best homemade soda recipes on the web and here are some great ideas.
The Bee’s Knees by Bar Hill Gin
Barr Hill Gin is an ode to America’s hardworking bees which are so pivotal to our delicate ecosystem / ©Barr Hill
Produced in Barr Hill’s Vermont distillery, Barr Hill Gin is an ode to America’s hardworking bees, which are so pivotal to our delicate ecosystem. The distillery is focused on sustainability throughout the entire process, using 100% solar energy to power the craft of its gin and working closely with beekeepers to ensure the bees’ habitats are protected.
The on-site cocktail bar is dedicated to showcasing the importance of making premium spirits sustainably. As well as using heat repurposed from the distillery to minimize energy usage, the bar is committed to educating its customers on the essential role that bees play and the importance of protecting them.
The award-winning gin is crafted using juniper in a custom-built still before being finished with raw honey which acts as a botanical carrier. The result is a unique gin with distinctive floral notes – perfect for cocktails. And, in true reflection of Bar Hill Gin’s dedication to protecting the honeybee, the distillery’s best-loved cocktail recipe is the classic Bee’s Knees, named after our buzzing insect friends.
- 2 oz Barr Hill Gin
- ¾ oz fresh lemon Juice
- ¾ oz raw honey syrup
- Lemon twist garnish
To make honey syrup: Mix two parts honey with one part hot water and allow to cool.
Combine ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish with a lemon twist garnish.
How to Make a Basil Cucumber Mojito
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
- 1 lime (half juiced and half cut into wedges)
- English cucumber (1″ thick slice cut in half plus 3 thin slices)
- 1 TB. honey simple syrup (*see below)
- 1 shot white rum (or vodka)
- Soda water
- In a sturdy glass or jar, add basil leaves, lime juice, lime wedges, thick slices of cucumber, honey simple syrup and rum. With a muddler or wooden spoon, work to combine flavours (until the basil leaves and cucumber start to break down).
- Fill glass half way (or a bit more) with ice. Add the thin cucumber slices and top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf.
*For the honey simple syrup, combine equal parts honey and water (say ½ cup honey and ½ cup water) in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the honey dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. Works great for sweetening iced tea and other summer drinks too!
This drink is my summer-go-to without the alcohol. I like to try different variations, sometimes substituting the basil with mint and the cucumber with berries. It really depends what I have more of in my garden at the time. Do you grow mint?
It’s a delicious low-calorie, low-carb drink.
You could also whip up a pitcher for a larger group. Simply increase the ingredient measurements and follow the same instructions.
7 Infused Water Recipes That Help You Stop Drinking Soda
If you want to eliminate soda from your life, you can use some of these water recipes as its replacement. The water will help your organism work better, including numerous other health benefits.
Some people cannot drink the recommended amount of water because it is not their preferable drink. Because water lacks flavor, infused water is the perfect combination, delicious and healthy.
You are allowed to use numerous combinations of fruits and herbs. If you are a beginner in this ‘’cooking’’, we will share some exciting recipes.
Firstly you can make the recipe in one glass or a bigger container.
Homemade Infused Water!
7 Infused Water Recipes
If you try some of these recipes, you will eliminate soda. And it won’t be missed.
1. Thyme Grapefruit Lime water
Take your glass and add four cubes of ice. You should fill approximately half of the glass. Add slices of grapefruit, four slices of Lime, and some fresh thyme. Use your spoon to put down the thyme in the glass, and add water. Stir with your spoon, and drink!
Advantages: Thyme is a medicine that has been used for centuries. It has high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Also, it is an anti-inflammatory herb. Lime is the vitamin C source that will boost your immune system.
2. Basil Apple Ginger Water
Take your container, fill it halfway with ice. Then, pour five slices of a green apple, cut in thin circles, and add fresh ginger shavings, as well as eight basil leaves. The last step is the water.
Advantages: Basil is the source of Vitamin K, which will keep your bones strong and healthy, and your wounds will heal faster. Apples are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and polyphenols. Ginger is the best herb in the world and lowers inflammation.
3. Strawberry Blueberry mint Infused water.
If you want to do this recipe, repeat the same steps with the ice and pitcher. Then add one hand full of strawberries, as well as blueberries. Add water, and on top of everything, add mint leaves.
Benefits: Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and B9, also manganese and potassium. On the other hand, blueberries contain Vitamin C and K, and manganese. These two fruits are the best antioxidants.
4. Lavender Lemon water
Once you put ice in your pitcher, and five lemon slices. Top it off with a few small handfuls of fresh lavenders.
Benefits: Lavender is the best stress reducer and eliminates insomnia. As previously mentioned, lemons are full of vitamin C, and your digestion will be as good as never before.
5. Cucumber Mint Lemon Infused Water
Cut half cucumber in very thin slices, and repeat the action with ½ lemon. Then add ice to the glass, pitcher, or jar. Add the cucumber and lemon, mixed with a few mint leaves. Cover everything with water and enjoy your drink.
Benefits: Cucumber has high amounts of vitamin K, and it will improve your digestion. The benefits of mint and lemon are mentioned above.
6. Green Tea Lemon Mint water with Honey
This is a cold green tea with lemon and mint. It has the same properties as an ordinary hot tea, but it’s very refreshing during the summer. To make this drink, you need to repeat the ice steps and add the rest of your ingredients. You need to add six slices of lemon, a few leaves of mint, and some green tea. Mix the substances, and add Honey on its top.
Benefits: Green tea is the best beverage on earth. It has numerous bioactive compounds that will reduce inflammation and stop cell damage. After a couple of usages, you will realize that it improves your metabolism and lowers the risk of cancers. The last ingredient for this sweet drink is Honey. It is the best antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substance, and all cultures use it as a remedy.
7. Lemon Grapefruit Orange Water with Rosemary
The infused water will boost your immune system. You should cut one orange, pink grapefruit, and lemon into very thin pieces. Next, as we previously said, fill the glass with ice, add three lemon slices, two slices of orange, and three grapefruit slices in the cup. As the last step, add a couple of rosemary springs and pour water.
Benefits: You know that oranges are the source of vitamin C. They also contain a lot of calcium, so your body will produce more collagen, resulting in better skin. Rosemary will help your body to heal your wounds faster.
The Infused water will contribute to a better and healthier life.
We need to face reality! Water on its own cannot be very interesting for drinking and can quickly get bored! So, we suggest combining it with these fruits to make it sweet.
Cucumber-Mint Cocktail Recipe
Kick back, relax, and enjoy this delicious summer refresher. Made with fresh cucumbers, cool mint and Truvia Original Sweetener, this cocktail recipe contains 21% fewer calories and 85% less sugar* than the full-sugar version. Makes 1 serving.
1 ½ cup mint leaves, washed
1 1-in. piece of English cucumber, washed, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon Truvia Mint Syrup
In a small pan, bring water, Truvia Original Sweetener and mint leaves to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover and let cool to room temperature.
Stain off liquid into a sealable container.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber with the lime juice.
Add vodka, Truvia Mint Syrup and a few ice cubes to shaker.
Cap and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
Garnish with a cucumber slice and a mint sprig.
*Each serving has 110 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving, compared to the full-sugar version that has 140 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving.
**Erythritol value may vary based on your choice of sweetener.
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Gin and Cucumber Basil Smash
Gin and Cucumber Basil Smash - A light and fragrant cocktail you'll want to drink all through summer!
A really quick one today. It’s world gin day!
I usually ignore most of the food/drink holidays (there are so many of them!!). I mean, bacon day, Nutella day, coffee day – they’re important for obvious reasons – but National Oatmeal-Nut, Waffle day and National strawberry rhubarb pie day? Come on – they’re just a bit too specific.
I kind of think random people and companies are just declaring their own days.
If that's allowed I’m going for:
National well-cooked Warbuton’s crumpet with salted butter and latte-made-with-Nespresso-Rosabaya-De-Columbia day.
Incidentally, yes, that was my breakfast.
Anyway, despite the fact I only occasionally take part in these days, I realised that it’s Saturday, and therefore I will be having a gin and tonic later. My Saturday night gin usually consists of Hendricks with cucumber and naturally light Fever Tree tonic.
But since it’s gin day, I’m going all out with a gin-based drink that one of Chris’s friends - Will - recommended.
A simple sugar syrup (usually that’s enough to put me off, cocktails really shouldn’t include the need for a saucepan, but it only takes 5 mins really) muddled with basil leaves, cucumber and ice, then finished off with gin and a splash of tonic. I thoroughly tested this on a hot sunny afternoon a couple of weeks ago and it’s a winner.
It’s a fair amount of basil, but it doesn’t overpower the drink, it compliments it perfectly!
Cucumber Lime Lavender Spritzer
This effervescent cucumber mocktail perfectly balances floral, tangy, and sweet flavors! Try at a pitcher at your next summer luncheon or brunch!
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 25
- Yield: 8 1 x
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp dried culinary lavender
- 3 cups peeled cucumber (about 3 regular-sized cucumbers)
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 4 limes)
- 6 cups club soda
- Combine 1/2 cup water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high, making sure to stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add mint leaves and lavender. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Pour through a strainer into a bowl and discard solids. Allow to cool completely.
- Combine cucumber and lime juice in a food processor. Process until smooth.
- Combine mint-lavender simple syrup, cucumber-lime puree, and club soda in a large pitcher. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.
- Add a splash of gin to turn into a delightful summer tipple.
- For a lower calorie sugar substitute, try Swerve instead of granulated white sugar.
Did you make this recipe?
I’m becoming a pretty big fan of cucumber mocktail recipes, y’all. If you have go-to cucumber mocktail, I’d love to hear it!