Sparkling Limeade

Enjoy this refreshing drink as you bask in the sunshine this summer!
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Sparkling Limeade

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 10 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lime juice (from about 3–4 limes; add water to reach 1/2 cup if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1–2 drops lime essential oil
  • Chilled sparkling water or club soda (regular water also works if you don’t like carbonation)

Instructions:

  1. Stir the lime juice in with the sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass dish.
  2. Add lime essential oil. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Mix about 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of the limeade concentrate with 1 cup (240 ml) of chilled sparkling water in a glass cup. Taste, and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.
  4. Serve with ice.

Flavor Variations:

  • Basil Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of basil essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use basil leaves for garnish.
  • Rosemary Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use fresh sprigs of rosemary for garnish.

Note: The essential oil flavor will get stronger the longer the limeade sits. Add the basil or rosemary essential oil right before serving.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes and garnish.
  • Try substituting liquid stevia for the sugar to make it healthier. No need to heat it up either—just mix and serve.

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