Sparkling Herb and Lemon Spritzer

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Sparkling Herb and Lemon SpritzerRecipe

Photo: Thomas J. Story
 

As refreshing as lemonade but more nuanced, this spritzer includes an infusion of four herbs.

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Ingredients

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3/4 cup light agave syrup
1/3 cup small sprigs thyme, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
1/3 cup small sprigs rosemary, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
1/3 cup small sprigs sage, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
1/2 cup lemon juice, plus 6 small wedges
3 large sprigs basil
1 qt. chilled sparkling water

Preparation

Total: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

1. Heat 1 cup plain water to steaming in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in agave syrup and 1/3 cup each small thyme, rosemary, and sage sprigs. Let stand about 1 hour, stirring often to release flavors. Strain syrup into a large pitcher, pressing out liquid. Stir in lemon juice.

2. Arrange large thyme, rosemary, sage, and basil sprigs in a pitcher (at least 2-qt. size), crushing them lightly with your hands. Pour in syrup, sparkling water, and 2 cups ice.

3. Tie 6 small bouquets of remaining herbs with kitchen twine and set one in each glass along with a lemon wedge. Pour in spritzer.

Make ahead: Through step 1, up to 1 day, chilled airtight.

Created date

May 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 127
Caloriesfromfat 0.6 %
Protein 0.2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 34 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Sodium 0.5 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg