Strawberry-Basil Punch

Strawberry-Basil PunchFresh herbs and sweet berries inspire this delightful Strawberry-Basil Punch, finished with lime juice and orange zest. Find more refreshing summer sippers in the “Recipe Box” feature on pages 105–109 of our May/June 2023 issue.

Strawberry-Basil Punch
  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, halved, and divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle seltzer water, chilled
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • Ice, to serve
  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups strawberries, sugar, and ¼ cup basil leaves to a boil over medium-high heat, using the back of a spoon to mash berries. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding pulp and basil. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. In a large pitcher, stir together strawberry-basil syrup, seltzer water, lime juice, orange zest, remaining 3 cups strawberries, and remaining ½ cup basil leaves. Add ice to serve.

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