Bubbles: Sometimes, nothing else will do the trick. Enjoy them (responsibly) with a refreshing, booze-free libation created by the Tasting Table Test Kitchen. Sweetened with agave syrup instead of artificial additives or an overdose of sugar, the effervescent cooler combines cucumbers, summer’s ripe strawberries and a hint of lime. And while seltzer gives it the perfect amount of fizz, if you topped the drink with a splash of sparkling wine, well, we wouldn’t tell anyone.
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: Serves 4
Cook Time: n/a
2 tablespoons agave syrup or granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lime
8 medium strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
One 2-inch piece cucumber, thinly sliced
1. In a small bowl, stir together the agave syrup and lime juice. (If using granulated sugar, whisk the liquid until the sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds.)
2. Fill 4 glasses with 2 or 3 ice cubes each. Divide the strawberry and cucumber slices among the glasses. Add 1 tablespoon of the sweetened lime juice to each glass, top with seltzer and serve.