Lemon-Lime Sparkler (Non Alcoholic)

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In my pre-health conscious life, I was a soda fiend. More specifically, I was a Coca-Cola fiend. I was known to polish off a mere 2-liters of the brown stuff a day.

Think it’s a coincidence that I also suffered from migraines on a regular basis? (I don’t.)

In a meager attempt to curb the caffeine addiction and do something good for my body, I switched to Sprite, and would reserve my Coke consumption for the days when the migraines crept in.

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That switch lasted for maybe two months before I relapsed and went back to the caffeine; the Sprite just wasn’t cutting it.

It took another two years before I would be able to give up my sugary sweet liquid love, and a true desperation to get rid of my migraines for good. Hello food intolerances and new healthy lifestyle, good bye soda.

Nowadays, soda has been relegated to the special treat category, and only gets enjoyed on very rare occasions. (What? A girl needs a vice! And since alcohol isn’t one of them…)

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That is, until I learned how freakin’ easy and delicious it is to make your own.

Goodbye store-bought sodas, hello heaven in a glass.

This stuff is so good, I’m considering buying a siphon. Or soda stream maker. Or just a few dozen bottles of seltzer or club soda to keep on hand at all times.

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Lemon-Lime Sparkler

Servings 10 -12

Ingredients

For the Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 lemon rinds and juice
  • 2 limes rinds and juice

For the Sparkler

  • ice
  • club soda seltzer, or sparkling water

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Zest lemon and lime, being careful not to go as deep as the white pith (it will make syrup too bitter). Set aside lemon and limes.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, and heat over medium heat.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, add lemon and lime rinds.
  4. Add the juice from the lemon and limes.
  5. Cook, stirring constantly until sugar is fully dissolved and translucent; around 30 seconds.
  6. Pour liquid over a strainer or cheese cloth into a glass container, bowl, or jar, making sure to remove rinds.
  7. Let cool completely before using or storing.
  8. Store any remaining syrup in the refrigerator for up to 6 months (if it lasts that long).

To make the sparkler:

  1. Pour 1 1/2 tbs syrup (or to taste) over ice in a glass.
  2. Add club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Sip, smile, and savor.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.
 

 

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I love my sodastream! I think it’s a great investment, and I’m more likely to drink more water at home if it’s bubbly.

  2. My husband has a soda stream. It’s nice because without it he would polish off bottle after bottle of club soda, which is both expensive and a big waste of empty bottles. The only downside to the soda stream is that it is LOUD, and it aggravates our parrots, who start screaming every time we use it. But if you don’t live in a zoo, it’s not really a problem.

  3. I have a 3 gallon keg for beer but I don’t use it. I use 5 gallon kegs for beer. I was thinking about making 3 gallons of lemon lime seltzer but I have no idea how much lemon and lime juice I need for 3 gallons. The other thing is…no sugar! Americans have this strange compulsion to put sugar in everything. I also have a CO2 cylinder so making it fizzy is not a problem. I guess I will have to experiment as I can’t find any viable ratio on the internet for lemon/lime juice to water.

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