This Basil Cucumber Soda recipe is a refreshing mocktail that is really easy to make! Create by California Pizza Kitchen, this recipe is fizzy with delicious herbal flavor that is absolute perfection on a warm day.
I was invited to try this Cucumber Basil Soda at my local CPK restaurant along with other new menu items. All opinions are my own. Recipe provided by CPK.
Let’s make this delicious cucumber drink!
The flavors were not overpowering and were a little fresher than something you usually find in soda.
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You won’t believe how easy it is to make! And aside from the simple syrup, it’s not super bad for you, unlike regular sodas.
This basil soda would be the perfect non-alcoholic drink idea thing to serve at a baby shower, bridal shower, spa day, or just because.
The hardest part of this recipe is the simple syrup. But don’t fret! It’s really easy and that’s where all the flavor will come from.
How to Make Basil Cucumber Soda
To make this cucumber mocktail recipe, you need to plan ahead. The simple syrup takes about 40 minutes of hands on time plus cooling time. If you can, do it the day before.
Make the basilc cucumber simple syrup
In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and the mixture just comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl muddle, the cucumber and basil leaves.
Add to the hot syrup.
Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
Strain the syrup, pressing the solids through a fine-mesh strainer to release the flavors.
Discard solids. Then let cool completely
Make the mocktail
For each serving, combine 3 tablespoons of the syrup with ¾ cup soda water in an ice-filled glass.
Stir gently to combine.
Garnish with cucumber slices and a basil leaf.
This tasty Basil Cucumber Soda recipe is easy to make and a delicious non-alcoholic drink idea that your whole family will love.
The Cucumber Basil Soda recipe is delish as is. But it would also be great with a splash of gin or vodka.
You can also make a basil simple syrup and then muddle in fresh cucumbers so there are chunks throughout the drink. I think that adds to the experience sometimes. But I know some people don’t like the texture.
Or you can use another flavored simple syrup and totally change the flavor of this basic soda idea.
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- If you have been wanting to try out a Soda Stream, check out Marisa’s review!
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Cucumber Basil Soda
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
- 12 large basil leaves
- 9 cups of soda water chilled ice
- cucumber slices and fresh basil leaves for garnish
- In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and mixture just comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl muddle the cucumber and basil leaves with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add to the hot syrup.
- Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain the syrup, pressing the solids through a fine-mesh strainer to release the flavors.
- Discard solids.
- For each serving, combine 3 tablespoons of the syrup with ¾ cup soda water in an ice-filled glass.
- Stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with cucumber slices and a basil leaf.
- Note: Cucumber-basil syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- (I don’t love super sweet drinks so I cut the sugar to 1/2 cups with 1 cup of water and it was still a smidge on the sweeter side for me)