Just in time for summer, this deliciously sweet mocktail has only 4o calories and will be popular at all your outdoor events.
Last year I grew some of my basil from seed. I was skeptical about trying a variety of basil I knew nothing about; cinnamon basil. But the decision was fortuitous. The plants grew to about 25 inches tall with dark purple stems and small glossy leaves fragrant of cinnamon. I will admit, at first I was unsure how I would use this culinary herb. But it ended up to be my most clipped plant, and it was fabulous in fruit salads, cobblers and in my Apricot Bread with Fresh Basil. The decision to replant cinnamon basil again this spring was a no brainer..I ‘m excited to share some of the ways I’ll be enjoy this beauty, including in cocktails and mocktails for May celebrations (which just so happens to be May’s the Recipe Redux theme!) Here is our challenge:
Showers and celebrations with friends abound this time of year. Show us your healthy, colorful drink concoctions for festivities like bridal showers and graduation celebrations.
So today I ‘m meeting the challenge by re-creating a non-alcoholic drink, the Arnold Palmer, with less calories and sugar than the original version and using that gem of a basil I started from seed. By using Truvia®Nectar instead of sugar in the simple syrup, I was able to control calories and carbs; each glass of has only 40 calories and about 10 grams of carbohydrate. Making the simple syrup with several cinnamon basil leaves imparts a unique flavor complementary to both the lemon and the tea. Kick off the garden party season on a healthy note and serve your friends and family my Light Arnold Palmer with Cinnamon Basil Simple Syrup. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see what drink concoctions my Recipe Redux colleagues are making for this month’s challenge.
Light Arnold Palmer with Cinnamon Basil Simple Syrup (serves 8)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup Truiva® Nectar
- 7 leaves fresh cinnamon basil
- juice of 10 lemons
- 4 cups cold brew black tea
- cinnamon leaf Basil stems for garnish (optional)
for the Cinnamon Basil Simple Syrup
1. Combine water, Truvia Nectar® and cinnamon basil in a small saucepan. Use a wooden spoon to smash the basil against the sides of the pot to release oil.
2. Bring to a simmer; simmer for 5 minutes.
3 Remove from heat. Strain to remove basil and pour simple syrup into a glass container . Refrigerate until ready to use.
for Arnold Palmer Beverage
1.For each serving, add ice to highball glass. Fill glass half full with tea. Add juice from lemons and 2 teaspoons simple syrup to fill glass. Stir. Garnish with more cinnamon basil. Repeat for each additional serving.