I gave up soda at 14 years old for cross country and track, and I’ve never looked back. However, on really hot summer days, I sometimes crave something cold and bubbly. This no recipe “recipe” fits the bill perfectly.

Mint simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mint leaves

Combined the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium -high heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar. Add the mint leaves and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes until slightly syrupy. Remove from heat and let the mint steep in the syrup for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain the leaves out and store the syrup in a clean container in the fridge. 

Mint soda:

  • crushed ice (optional)
  • mint simple syrup
  • chilled sparkling water- plain or flavored (lime would be good)
  • lime wedges

Add mint syrup to a glass to taste, pour in some sparkling water, squeeze in some lime and stir. Add crushed ice if you like, and garnish with a sprig of mint.