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Lemon-Lime Soda Syrup

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We are, for the most part, water drinkers here in the hobby household.  Of course there’s milk (we need healthy bones, after all) and the Mister has his afternoon Coke Zero and I have my morning green tea+Emergen-C, but otherwise the beverage of choice around here is water.  Make that, sparkly water.

I am not a huge soda drinker, but I love the fizz.  As my mom says, I like my water to bite my tongue and so does everyone else living here.  For just about ever I have watered-down the boys’ juice and now they’re snobby about it–it has to be carbonated water and only a splash of juice (they don’t even want to drink straight juice anymore unless it comes in a container that needs to be punctured by a tiny straw).  You can imagine the amount of sparkly water coming into the house.  It’s almost always on sale for less than a dollar, so the expense isn’t a big deal, but it’s heavy and annoying to lug around.

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I’m sure you know where I’m going with this . . . we took the plunge and bought a home soda-making machine.  So far it’s been great.  It’s nice to not be lugging around bottles of water and I don’t miss filling up the recycle bin each week with empties.  I’ve been trying to get away from using plastic for food storage, so was really happy to find a machine that uses glass carafes instead of plastic bottles.

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Of course there are TONS of soda machine syrups out there–if you ever go to the grocery store I’m sure you’ve seen a display of tiny laundry detergent-shaped bottles with brightly colored lids.  I have never tried those syrups (except for a truly exceptional Williams-Sonoma classic root beer syrup) and I’m sure they’re fine, but I like to do things from scratch so I have control over the ingredients and quality.  I don’t think I will be dabbling in any sort of cola or root beer, but there is a whole world out there of fruity, herb-y sodas to explore and explore I will.

The kids got to pick the first syrup I made and they went with lemon-lime and I wasn’t surprised, it’s a favorite.  I used all the zest and juice from about two pounds of citrus so this syrup is just crammed with flavor and that’s how we like it–tons of flavor and a hint of sweetness.  For that reason, I need to tell you, this does not taste just like Sprite or 7-Up.  Also, full-sugar soda is not good for you in large quantities; we are not adding more than a teaspoon or two to a large glass of  sparkly and not more than once or twice a day and neither should you.  Don’t have any fizzy water at your place?  Not to worry, just use plain water, it’s pretty good that way, too.

Lemon-Lime Soda Syrup

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 cups syrup

Lemon-Lime Soda Syrup

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound lemons (about 2 large)
  • 1 1/3 pounds limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • 1. Wash the lemons and limes and zest all into a medium saucepan.
  • 2. Next, juice the lemons and limes and strain the juice into the saucepan. There should be more than one cup of juice.
  • 3. Add water and sugar to the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • 4. Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 5. Remove syrup from heat and strain into a heat-proof container. Cover and chill once it is cooled to room temperature.
  • 6. To make lemon-lime soda: fill a pitcher with 4 cups cold carbonated water and gently stir in 1/2 cup lemon-lime syrup. Taste and add more syrup if necessary, then garnish with lemon and lime wedges.

Notes

This makes intensely citrus-flavored syrup that is almost lemonade-ish in flavor. If you prefer less citrus flavor and more sweetness, reduce the fruit to one large lemon and 2/3 pound limes.

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Where are you on the soda flavor scale–classic like lemon-lime and orange Crush or crazy like Jones Soda Thanksgiving dinner?

 

Jody

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2 comments

  1. I have been making my own lemon and lime ade all summer as well. No fizz for us, though I'm sure it's great. I recently saw rhubarb soda and that interested me, but I didn't buy it or try it. We don't buy soda at all. You are right, too many weird ingredients and too much sugar! Oh yeah, I also saw Lavender soda and was intrigued by that idea as well. It was a local maker from Seattle.

  2. This sounds delicious and so refreshing, Jody! I've never actually made homemade soda before, although I have been curious about the soda stream machines I've seen. But like you said at the beginning of your post, I'm most a water drinker with the (mostly) daily milk and the occasional mixed drink or juice. I love the idea of making my own syrup to flavor carbonated water, though. Very cool and thanks so much for sharing!

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