Strawberry-Mint Spritzers

Makes 4 servings

1 cup Strawberry-Mint Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
2 cups tonic water or club soda, chilled
ΒΌ cup fresh lemon juice
Garnish: fresh strawberries, fresh mint, lemon slices

1. In a pitcher, combine Strawberry-Mint Simple Syrup, tonic water or club soda, and lemon juice, stirring gently to combine.

Strawberry-Mint Simple Syrup

Makes 3 cups

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 (1-pound) container fresh strawberries, chopped
1 (1-ounce) package fresh mint

1. In a large saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add strawberries, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add mint.

2. Cover, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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