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Lemon-myrtle soda

A refreshing non-alcoholic drink that tastes like Australian summer.

By Luke Ashton
  • Makes 8
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"With the fresh, citrusy notes of lemon myrtle, this soda represents the taste of an Australian summer," says Ashton. "For a Lemon-myrtle Highball, add 40ml Seedlip Grove for a non-alcoholic version, or spike your soda with 40ml of a spirit of your choice for more of a kick."
Pictured here with the scampi and green mango salad.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 litres soda water
  • 40 ml Champagne vinegar
  • Cucumber wedges and mint sprigs, to serve
Lemon-myrtle syrup
  • 1 tbsp dried lemon-myrtle leaves, crushed
  • 225 gm caster sugar

Method

  • 1
    For lemon-myrtle syrup, bring 250ml water to the boil, add lemon myrtle, then remove from heat and leave to infuse, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Strain (discard leaves), then add sugar and stir to combine. Cool, then transfer to a bottle and refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    For 1 serve, combine 40ml syrup and 1 tsp vinegar in a tall Collins glass, and stir to combine. Fill glass with ice, top with soda water and garnish with cucumber and mint to serve.