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Yummy Herbal Beverages

Several weeks ago, I had a small party for a few moms and toddlers I know. We set up a baby pool and had some drinks and snacks. I made a couple of drinks that were well-received and included herbs from our garden.

One was a drink I’ve made before. I highly recommend it. It involves making a strawberry and basil simple syrup. This can then be served with sparkling water or sparkling wine/champagne, which is nice for groups with a mix of drinkers and nondrinkers.

I used this recipe from the blog “The Law Student’s Wife." Rather than white granulated sugar, I used coconut sugar, one of my latest kitchen favorites.

I also made a thyme lemonade using a recipe from Martha Stewart.

Rather than serving it with gin, as the recipe called for, I served it plain or had some craft beer to mix and make a shandy. I also used coconut sugar in this recipe. It was really tasty, and a great cool drink for a hot summer day.

Here are the ingredients for the strawberry-basil syrup.

 strawberry basil

Here are my two simple syrups cooking on the stove simultaneously.

 two simple syrups

This is the finished lemonade.

thyme lemonade