Photo: Thomas J. Story
 

YieldsServes 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)Total Time1 hr 25 mins
AuthorElaine Johnson

As refreshing as lemonade but more nuanced, this spritzer includes an infusion of four herbs.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Heat 1 cup plain water to steaming in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in agave syrup and 1/3 cup each small thyme, rosemary, and sage sprigs. Let stand about 1 hour, stirring often to release flavors. Strain syrup into a large pitcher, pressing out liquid. Stir in lemon juice.

Step 2
2

Arrange large thyme, rosemary, sage, and basil sprigs in a pitcher (at least 2-qt. size), crushing them lightly with your hands. Pour in syrup, sparkling water, and 2 cups ice.

Step 3
3

Tie 6 small bouquets of remaining herbs with kitchen twine and set one in each glass along with a lemon wedge. Pour in spritzer.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Through step 1, up to 1 day, chilled airtight.

Ingredients

 3/4 cup light agave syrup
 1/3 cup small sprigs thyme, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
 1/3 cup small sprigs rosemary, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
 1/3 cup small sprigs sage, plus 2 large sprigs for pitcher and a small sprig for each glass
 1/2 cup lemon juice, plus 6 small wedges
 3 large sprigs basil
 1 qt. chilled sparkling water

Directions

Step 1
1

Heat 1 cup plain water to steaming in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in agave syrup and 1/3 cup each small thyme, rosemary, and sage sprigs. Let stand about 1 hour, stirring often to release flavors. Strain syrup into a large pitcher, pressing out liquid. Stir in lemon juice.

Step 2
2

Arrange large thyme, rosemary, sage, and basil sprigs in a pitcher (at least 2-qt. size), crushing them lightly with your hands. Pour in syrup, sparkling water, and 2 cups ice.

Step 3
3

Tie 6 small bouquets of remaining herbs with kitchen twine and set one in each glass along with a lemon wedge. Pour in spritzer.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Through step 1, up to 1 day, chilled airtight.

Sparkling Herb and Lemon Spritzer