For the most part, I have kept this blog about cookies, and nothing else. Today, however, I thought I would share a recipe or two that I have made for the holiday season. I started making these homemade lime sodas a few months ago, and just love them. For Christmas gifts, I decided to add some fresh cranberry to the lime and see how it tasted. It turned out pretty delicious, and well… just pretty too.
I started by peeling one lime. Then I took a handful of fresh cranberries and cut each one in half to release the yummy cranberry-ness. I put the cut cranberries and the lime peel in a pot. (Don’t use the fruit of the lime, just the peel. If there’s not enough lime flavor for you, you can add a little fresh lime juice to your finished product.) Add one cup of sugar and one cup of water and bring to a boil.
While it was boiling for 2 minutes or so, I prepared a half-pint jar by filling it with more fresh berries and lime slices.
So cute… Once the syrup is done, I removed all the pieces of berry and lime peel, and added just a drop or two of red food color. I poured the syrup into my prepared jar and closed it up. I dressed it up with a bit of green and red fabric and a piece of ribbon.
I gave my friends each a jar along with a small bottle of club soda. To mix these, put a little syrup in the bottom of a glass, and pour club soda over the top. The mixture should be about one part syrup to two parts soda, but you can adjust it to your taste.
I just love how beautiful these turned out! One batch got me about 3 half-pint jars of syrup, keeping in mind that the jars were filled with fruit first, and a little leftover to enjoy my own soda when I was done. I’m not sure how long these will keep, but I suggest drinking them right away.
- Peel of one lime
- A handful of fresh cranberries, sliced in half
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 drops red food coloring
- Club soda
- In a pot, place sugar, water, lime peel, and cranberries. Bring to a boil, and let boil 2-3 minutes.
- Remove fruit and peel pieces, and add food coloring. Let syrup cool.
- When ready to drink, put one part syrup and two parts club soda in a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.