Cherry Basil Soda
2 cups cherries with the stones taken out, plus more for garnishing
⅓ cup of your preferred sweetener
3 tablespoons water
4 basil leaves
1 large bottle sparkling water
Add the cherries, sweetener and water to a small pan and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to low and simmer the cherries for about 5-7 minutes and they start to become soft enough to be crushed with a fork.
Turn of the heat and pass the cooked cherries through a sieve into a small bowl, squeezing out the cherry syrup. You should have almost ¾ cup of syrup.
Discard the leftover pulp and place the bowl of syrup into the freezer for 5 minutes to cool.
Once cool line up 4 small glasses and pour 4 tablespoons of cherry syrup into the bottom of each glass.
Add 1 small basil leaf to each glass and gently muddle with the back of a wooden spoon.
Add ice and fill each glass to the top with sparkling water.
Stir with a spoon, add a fun straw and some cherries as a garnish