There are a number of ingredients that I believe every kitchen should have on hand at all times (assuming they fit within the household's budget) and one of those is citrus. A lemon or lime will NEVER go bad in my kitchen. At the very least I'll have some citrus water and in most cases I'll make salad dressings, curd, desserts or a lemony protein for dinner. When I woke up at 6:15 on Wednesday and couldn't fall back asleep I decided to make lemon-lime soda syrup. As one does.
This syrup doesn't taste like Sprite but it will definitely satisfy a soda craving. You can increase or decrease the amount of syrup in your seltzer depending on how sweet you prefer your drink. If you'd like to make it a cocktail I recommend adding a dash of gin.
Lemon-Lime Soda Syrup
Makes about 2 cups syrup (10 sodas)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced, 1 lemon half reserved
- 2 limes, zested and juiced, 1 lime half reserved
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon and lime juice and zest, along with the reserved lemon and lime halves. Put the lid on the pan and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl or liquid measuring cup and discard the solids. Allow the syrup to cool completely before using.
To make a soda, combine 3 tablespoons of syrup and 1 cup seltzer in a glass. Add ice and garnish with a lime or lemon wedge.
Note: The syrup can be kept refrigerated, in an airtight container, for up to 3 weeks.