Cucumber Basil Sparkler: The Sweet Taste of Summer

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cucumber Basil SparklerThe calendar may read “autumn,” but the hot weather in Boston definitely says “summer.” Not to mention there are still crisp green cucumbers and sweet basil at my local farmers’ market. It just so happens that this drink is also featured in the summer menu of my new book National Geographic Foods for Health. (You can learn more about it here and buy it online here.) For all of these reasons, today is the perfect occasion to mix up a cucumber basil sparkler.

Now, if you’re new to my blog, a quick trip to the recipe page or this slideshow will quickly reveal my love of luscious libations of the alcoholic variety. Yet that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy creating tasty mocktails for those who don’t consume alcohol. (Or when it’s two o’clock in the afternoon.) You may even find that your kids enjoy this fizzy green drink, little more than homemade soda flavored with cucumber purée and lightly sweetened with basil simple syrup.

For the original story behind this recipe and the how-to, click here. Then grab a cucumber, basil, sparkling water, and lime, and you’ll be enjoying this refreshing drink in no time.

Cucumber Basil Sparkler

It really is divine, the sparkling essence of summer in a glass—and it doesn’t need alcohol to delight the palate.

But I won’t stop you from adding a shot of gin or vodka, either.

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Dr. P.K. Newby is a nutrition scientist, speaker, and author with expertise in all things food, farm to fork, whether preventing obesity and other chronic diseases through diet or teaching planet-conscious eating. As a health expert and food personality, she brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability to educate and inspire, helping people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time. Healthy Hedonism (TM) is her philosophy: Because healthy food shouldn’t suck.

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