Dill-Citrus Spritzer

April 22, 2013

Dill-Citrus Spritzer

Kusuma Rao, Ruchikala

This refreshing dill drink is delightfully sweet with a citrusy flirtations and a lightly herbaceous finish.   I would suggest playing around with the levels of simple syrup and dill “juice” to get to your preferred sweetness.

Ingredients:

1 cup water
Simple syrup (½ cup sugar+ 1 ½ cup water
1 cup of packed dill fronds (hard coarse stems removed)
2 lemons, zested and juiced
Sparking water or club soda

Make the simple syrup*,

Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan on medium heat.  Stir until the sugar crystals are completely dissolved.  Transfer to a new bowl and let cool.

“Juice” the dill,

Add dill and water to a blender and puree until the dill completely breaks down.  Add a little more water if needed.

Strain the mixture over a strainer.  Squeeze out any remaining liquid.  Set aside.

Bring it all together!

Add the liquid to the simple syrup with the zest and juice of two lemons.  This is your Citrus Dill Simple syrup.  Pour one part of the syrup with two parts sparkling water.  Adjust the seltzer portions to your preference.

*This simple syrup is a little more concentrated than most to accommodate the additional liquid from the dill mixture.  If you find it is too sweet for your taste, reduce the amount of sugar in the simple syrup for a lighter, more herbaceous drink.

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