Sparkling strawberry and basil cooler
This fruity cooler is a must-try recipe. Filled with strawberries, basil, thyme and vanilla, it’s a flavour explosion.
Note: + cooling time
- 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 250g strawberries, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup small basil leaves
- 2 thyme sprigs
- Ice cubes, to serve
- 1.5L chilled soda water
Place the sugar, vanilla and half the strawberry in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the sugar dissolves and the strawberry collapses. Cool slightly. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool completely.
Place the strawberry mixture in a large serving jug. Add the basil, thyme, remaining strawberry and ice. Top up with soda water to serve.