Nectarine-Rosemary Soda

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min (includes cooling and chilling times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

3/4 cup raw sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw, or pure cane sugar

3 sprigs rosemary

One 3-inch piece orange zest 

1 very ripe nectarine, peeled, pitted and mashed to a puree

Club soda or sparkling water, cold 

4 orange slices or half-moons, for garnish 

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the rosemary and orange zest; let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a lidded container and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 24 hours. (The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor.)
  2. Remove the rosemary and orange zest from the syrup, and discard. Fill four 8-ounce glasses with ice; add to each 2 tablespoons of the nectarine puree and 2 tablespoons of the rosemary syrup. Fill to the top with club soda or sparkling water and garnish with an orange slice. (Save any remaining syrup for another use.)