Cool off with this easy nonalcoholic sipper
When it comes to hot summer days, my drink of choice is a quart-size jar, filled with a combination of ice, jam, muddled fresh herbs, and lots of sparkling water. It’s the thing I make midafternoon to get me through the workday or on lazy weekend evenings when I’m sitting around with family. Often, I make a big batch in a pitcher when I’m having a potluck or dinner party.
As time goes on, more and more of my friends are giving up booze, and it’s a really good way to make them feel loved and cared for. I like to add fresh herbs to these sparkling drinks because they add a lot of flavor and do a good job of tempering the sweetness of the jam. You can always leave them out if you don’t want bits of green floating in your drink, or if they just don’t speak to you.
- 1/4 cup jam, jelly, or syrup
- 1 cup ice
- 3 cups sparkling water
In the bottom of a quart-size jar, combine the jam and herbs. Lightly stir the jam and herbs together. You want to bruise and soften the leaves, without tearing them into bits. Put the ice on top of the mixture and add the sparkling water. Stir to distribute, then serve.