Have you heard of ‘gazoz?’  According to Bon Appetit magazine, this Israeli beverage is one of the hottest food and drink trends of 2018.  Made with fruit syrups, sparkling water, and herbs, these drinks looked so cool and refreshing, I had to try making one!  Of course, I added in green tea – for this recipe, I wanted to highlight the herbal, flowery notes of brewed green tea.  Blackberries are abundant in our yard right now – the sweet scent greets me every time I open the door – so that was an obvious choice for my first  ‘gazoz.’  Blackberries pair well with lavender, so Sweet Green Tea is a great choice, brewed double-strong so the flavor shines through.  I have mint, lemon verbena, rosemary, and basil growing in my yard, too, so in the cup they went!  The result – delicious!  Less sweet and more refreshing than sodas, with a brilliant color and vibrant scents to energize my afternoon.  The perfect way to celebrate summer before it’s gone!  This drink was a total hit with the kids, as well.  I’m looking forward to serving these for a Labor Day picnic – maybe set up as a ‘make your own’ bar, so people can adjust the flavors to their own preference.  Fun! 

Gazoz (per one drink) 

4 oz sparkling water  4 oz double-strong brewed Sweet Green Tea (or Uji Gyokuro  2 oz blackberry syrup (simple syrup made with 1 cup berries, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water)  Small handful fresh berries  Lemon verbena, mint, and rosemary stems to garnish  Muddle a few leaves of each herb in a tall iced-tea glass or mason jar, then add ice to the cup, and the rest of the ingredients.  Stir gently, then garnish with the rest of the herbs.   

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