Basil Lime Spritzer
Food and Wine Magazine
3/4 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lime, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
1/4 cup water
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
Bring sugar, zest, juice, and water to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let syrup stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Discard zest and pour syrup into a blender. Add basil and blend for 20 seconds. Pour through a fine sieve lined with a rinsed and squeezed paper towel unto a bowl or measuring cup, then cool. The syrup will keep for 2-3 days, covered and chilled.
Pour 1-2 tablespoons into an ice-filled glass, top off with sparkling water, stir, and enjoy. Very refreshing.