Minted Balsamic Italian Sodas

by Marc Golick on June 1, 2012

Minted Raspberry-Lemon Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Raspberries
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Organic Lemon Zest
¼ teaspoon Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the raspberries, Balsamic vinegar, lemon olive oil and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy as a refreshing and unusual drink on a hot day!

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Minted Strawberry-Lime Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Strawberries- small diced
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the small diced strawberries, Balsamic vinegar, lime olive oil and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy!

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Minted Blueberry-Basil Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Blueberries
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the blueberries, balsamic vinegar, basil olive oil and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy!

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Minted Blackberry-Lime Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Blackberries
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Fresh Lime Zest
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the blackberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lime zest and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy as a refreshing and unusual drink on a hot day!

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Minted Cherry-Orange Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Cherries- Pitted
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Orange Zest
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the blueberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, orange zest and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy as a refreshing and unusual drink on a hot day!

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Minted Red Flame Grape-Lemon Balsamic Italian Soda

Yield: 8 fl. oz.

¼ cup Organic Red Flame Grapes- seedless & cut in half
¼ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 each Organic Spearmint Leaves- torn into small pieces
¼ teaspoon Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
1 cup Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water- well chilled

Combine the cut Red Flame grapes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon zest and torn spearmint leaves in a stainless steel mixing bowl and mash vigorously with the back of a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or tea strainer into a chilled pint glass with a few ice cubes. Top the mixture with chilled seltzer water, stir and enjoy as a refreshing and unusual drink on a hot day!

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