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Bruising, or partially crushing, the verbena helps draw out its essential oils. Substitute vodka for gin, if you prefer. If you make this cocktail ahead, stir in club soda just before serving so the drink stays fizzy.

Cynthia Nims
Recipe by Cooking Light June 2009

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan. Rub torn verbena to bruise; add to pan. Bring sugar mixture to a boil, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

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  • Combine sugar mixture, gin, soda, and juice. Serve over ice. Garnish with verbena sprigs and lime slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; fat 0g; saturated fat 0g; mono fat 0g; poly fat 0g; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 13.9g; fiber 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; iron 0mg; sodium 10mg; calcium 5mg.
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