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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cucumber Basil Spritzer

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
I got some good feedback from my people last week because they liked the healthy bent of the show. So I thought I would do a simple, non-alcoholic beverage this week. After all, I try to give the people what they want!

1 cucumber, peeled and seeded and chopped
2 limes, zested and juiced
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
8 Basil leaves
32 ounces club soda (4 cups)

Add cucumber and 1/4 cup water to the food processor and process until liquefied. Make a simple syrup by combining sugar, lime zest and remaining 1/4 cup water and bring to the boil.Chill this til ready to use. To assemble drink, place 2 basil leaves juice from 1/2 a lime,and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in the bottom of a tumbler. Using the back of your spoon crush the basil till it smells delicious. Now add 2 tablespoons cucumber puree and top with 8 ounces club soda. Stir gently to mix. This recipe makes 4 drinks.