Homemade Red Grape + Thyme Soda
This fizzy lifting drink pairs red grapes and a touch of herbal thyme for a perfect balance of natural sweetness and sophisticated depth. Grapes are rich in phtonutrients and antioxidants, including resveratrol, to combat free radicals and oxidative stress on a cellular level.
Yields: 6 servings
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5 braches fresh thyme
2 cups red grapes
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
Seltzer or soda water
Use one of the springs of thyme to tie together the rest of the thyme into a bundle.
Place thyme, grapes, and syrup in a medium-size saucepan. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, muddling the grapes with a wooden spoon to break them up a bit. Remove from heat and let rest for 15 minutes.
Remove thyme bundle. Pour liquid through a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible.
Chill in a sealed glass jar in the fridge. Syrup will stay fresh for up to three days.
To server, pour � cup syrup into a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 ounces chilled seltzer or sparkling water, and stir.
Store syrup in a sealed glass jar for up to 4 days.