Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda

April 29, 2011

By Megan Kian

With the warmer weather approaching I thought I would share a recipe for do-it-yourself homemade soda that I discovered in the most recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine. It can be hard to find a refreshing, yet low calorie drink other than water or diet soda. Next time you’re outside enjoying the warm weather, reach for this homemade strawberry, lemon, and basil soda instead.

Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda
Serves 1

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 5 small strawberries cut into smaller pieces (reserve 1 slice of strawberry as a garnish)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • ¾ cup soda water
  1. Combine all the ingredients, except for the soda water, in a tall glass.
  2. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add ice cubes and soda water and stir until chilled.
  4. Strain the soda into a glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Add the strawberry (I also left in some basil leaves) for garnish. And there you have it, homemade soda!

bon appetit magazine nonalcoholic drinks
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 56 calories, 15 g carbohydrates, 13 g sugar, 233 mg sodium

Have you ever made homemade soda?

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  1. This recipe sounds wonderful! I never thought to add a pinch of salt, but that makes sense. I always try to keep a few liter bottles of soda water on hand, especially the ones that have the lemon, lime or berry essence (no sugar) as they are less than a dollar. So when I need a refreshing drink in a pinch, I either drink it plain, or add a small amount of agave syrup to give it a slight sweet taste (just add a little at a time and stir well before tasting). I have also muddled a few mint leaves for a mock mojito, and/or added various fresh juices or fruits. I’m getting thirsty just writing this! Thanks for your blog!

    1. Wendy, thanks so much for your comment! Your refreshing drink ideas definitely have me thirsty too! Can’t wait to try some this summer!