Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer

 


Before addressing our bountiful lemon balm, I grabbed bunches of the happy herb for a refreshing batch of Honey Lemon Balm Spritzers, adapted from a recipe I found last August in Bon Appetit.

 

 

The ingredients are simple, although, around here, lemon balm is a little difficult to find in grocery stores. But, not all is lost! Grow some of your own—in a pot of course! Learn from my mistake on that one, please. Also try substituting mint, for a minty lemonade that’s sure to put a spring back in your step on a hot summer’s day.

 

 

A little mixing, muddling, and waiting is all that’s required. And it can easily be made ahead, with the sparkling water being added when served.

 

 

The recipe below is for a non-alcoholic version, but for an adult version, add an ounce (or more) of whatever light liquor tickles your fancy to each drink.

 


Using fresh herbs in beverages is always a nice change of pace. Do you have any favorite summer beverages that use fresh herbs to share? Please do. I’ve still got a patch of lemon balm, along with many other herbs, that I’m looking for creative ways to use.

Enjoy! And drink happily, but responsibly.

Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer

Makes 48 ounces.

Adapted from Bon Appetit August 2011.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey (orange blossom or other citrus blossom honey is nice for this recipe)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup lime or lemon juice (or combination of the two)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup lemon balm, lightly packed (substitute mint leaves for a minty version)
  • lime or lemon slices
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water
  • optional: 1 ounce/per serving of light liquor (rum, gin, or St. Germain to name a few)

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined.
  2. Add lime/lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well.
  3. Crush lemon balm and add to mixture. Using a muddle or wooden spoon handle, smash lemon balm in bottom of pitcher. Add lime/lemon slices and refrigerate mixture until chilled (about an hour).
  4. Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir.
  5. Pour through a strainer into individual glasses over crushed ice.
  6. Garnish beverages with lemon balm leaves and citrus slices
  7. For alcoholic version, stir in 1 oz. of light liquor to each glass.
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Comments

  1. 27

    says

    Just gorgeous!! I don’t think I’ve tried lemon balm before, but I think I need to try some {or grow some!} now. I just brought back from Manuka Honey from New Zealand which would be perfect to try with this recipe. Delicious!

  2. 29

    says

    I love all of the flavors – I could definitely go for the alcohol version for an evening cocktail or the non-alcohol version for a mid-day refresher to stay hydrated. Great drink!

  3. 30

    says

    Amy, this drink looks so refreshing and pretty. So smart to grow your own lemon balm ~ I bet it smells amazing!

  4. 32

    says

    I love your blog. Your photography is so beautiful. :) I do not grow any herbs but I will have to pick some up this summer and make this refreshing drink. I love finding non-alcoholic drinks like these! My boyfriend and I do not drink or eat anything made with alcohol so this will go at the top of my list for summer drinks to make! :)

  5. 34

    says

    Looks great! Love it that you used honey! Lemon balm and mint can be invasive. But I threw all my mints in a raised bed and let them fight it out for world dominance. Giggles Sometimes I harvest several different mints and use all in one project. Gives a blend unique to our kitchen. LOL

  6. 35

    says

    This is delightful! I skipped sparkling water since I didn’t have any (used tap water instead) and used Tres Agaves organic agave nectar instead of honey. I also threw in some cinnamon basil and Thai basil. So good!

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