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Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Drink, Soda
Servings: 12
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise,
  • 24 fresh mint leaves
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 cups soda water
  • extra mint leaves and cucumber slices, for garnish (optional)


  • Make the syrup. Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling. Remove pan from heat and add cucumber slices, mint leaves and basil leaves. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a jar, pressing solids into strainer to release all of their flavor. Discard solids. Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  • Mix the drink. For each serving, mix 2 Tbsp. syrup with ½ cup soda water in a glass filled with ice, stirring to combine. Garnish with mint leaves and cucumber slices.


Original recipe by Spur in Seattle, WA and available on bonappetit.com.
The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator up to a month to be mixed with seltzer right before serving.