I wanted to make something simple, delicious and a little different in honor of Cinco de Mayo and this was just perfect. I was watching Cooking for Real yesterday and saw this recipe made. I never considered making my own soda which is quite bizarre now that I think about it seeing that I am kind of a soda addict. It’s my caffeine fix of choice and I usually need one to get myself moving. I know this is a bad habit I need to break and did when I was pregnant but I fell off the wagon shortly after having my son. Luckily, this recipe is caffeine free.
This was really refreshing and light but I personally think it would be better with more lime juice for more tartness. Or maybe use less of the simple syrup. My husband stirred in some cherry grenadine to make a cherry limeade and he preferred it that way. I also think some crushed mint would be a delicious addition…like a virgin mojito.
This could be changed up in so many yummy ways. I think I will try it with orange next time. Doesn’t that sound refreshing?
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup lime juice, plus rind from 1 lime
6 to 8 drops green food coloring
4 cups ice
1 liter club soda or seltzer
4 lime slices, for garnish
1. In a small pot on medium heat dissolve sugar in water. Raise the heat, add the lime rind and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and discard the lime rinds. Stir in the food coloring and cool.
2. Fill 4 glasses with ice and distribute the lime syrup and lime juice, to taste, into each glass. Top with seltzer and stir. Garnish with lime slices.