For the simple syrup: Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool complete and then strain though a mesh sieve.
For the mocktail: Place 1/2 cup of simple syrup, strawberries, and basil in a shaker and use a muddler to crush the strawberries and basil. Top with ice and shake vigorourly.
To plate: Combine sugar and black pepper in a wide dish. Wet the rim of the desired glass and coat in sugar/pepper mixture. Fill glass with ice and strain muddled strawberry mixture 3/4 of the way up the glass. Finish with 1/4 cup of seltzer water and garnish with basil leaves and/or strawberries.
Recipe type: Beverages
Black Pepper Basil Simple Syrup | Ingredients | SERVES 4
Sign up for 'In Taste,' the McCormick for Chefs newsletter, to receive exclusive offers and rebates, news and insights on the latest industry trends, creative flavor solutions, menu inspiration and more!