This bright and crisp Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer recipe will add a happy touch to any meal or celebration. It’s easy to prepare ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to serve on that hot summer day.
Before dealing with our bountiful lemon balm problem, I grabbed bunches of the happy herb for a refreshing batch of Honey Lemon Balm Spritzers, adapted from a recipe I found in the August 2011 issue of Bon Appetit magazine, one of my favorite magazines to peruse poolside with a refreshing drink just like this one.
The ingredients are simple, although, around here, lemon balm can sometimes be a little difficult to find in grocery stores. But, not all is lost! if you can’t find it fresh at your local grocer, grow some of your own—but do so 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. If growing your own lemon balm is not an option, I’ve found that many grocery stores will take specific requests for new items to carry. So it doesn’t hurt to ask.
This recipe is easy. A little mixing, muddling, and waiting is all that’s required for this sparkly happy summer drink. And it can easily be made ahead, with the sparkling water being added when served.
The recipe shown below is for a non-alcoholic version, but if you’re interested in an alcoholic 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, and especially good and refreshing for those hot summer days. Do you have any favorite summer beverage recipes that use fresh herbs to that you could share? Please do. I’d love to check it out! Plus, I’ve still got a patch of lemon balm, along with many other herbs, that I’m looking for creative ways to use.
For another refreshing and easy summer drink, check out this Watermleon Coconut Slushie Recipe.
Enjoy! And drink happily, but responsibly.
- ½ cup honey (orange blossom or other citrus blossom honey is nice for this recipe)
- 2 cups warm water
- ½ 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)
- In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined.
- Add lime/lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well.
- 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).
- Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir.
- Pour through a strainer into individual glasses over crushed ice.
- Garnish beverages with lemon balm leaves and citrus slices
- For alcoholic version, stir in 1 oz. of light liquor to each glass.
This beverage recipe was lightly adapted from the Bon Appetit August 2011 issue.