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Chocolate Mint Italian Soda

Serves 8.

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    To make this refreshing pick-me-up a little more indulgent, try adding a splash of almond or coconut milk.

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    Chocolate Mint Italian Soda

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup (250 mL) water
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) natural cane sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate mint sprigs, plus extra for garnish
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) chocolate extract (optional)
    • Ice cubes
    • Sparkling water or club soda
    • Raspberries, for garnish

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • minutes. remove from heat, stir in chocolate extract, cover, and let cool completely. pour syrup through fine mesh sieve into reusable container with lid, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. to make soda, fill glass with ice. add about 2 to 3 tbsp sparkling water or club soda. stir, and garnish with a few fresh raspberries and extra chocolate mint leaves, if desired.3
      • to 45 ml) syrup and top with about 8 oz (250 ml30

    Directions

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    Each serving contains: 32 calories; 0 g protein; 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 13 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars, 0 g fibre); 11 mg sodium

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