Happy Labor Day! Just dropping in quickly with a super-simple and amazingly refreshing drink for you on this holiday weekend. It's slightly tart, slightly sweet with a wonderful bubbly fizzle on your tongue and takes just moments to prepare. If you're looking for a last minute addition to make for a barbecue or casual get-together, this would be perfect. Everyone who tried this really liked it, even some not-to-be-named lime haters!!
I'll be back with a whole slew of new stuff tomorrow when the world officially gets back to work. But for now, relax, sip and enjoy the end of summer!!
Prep Time: 25 minutes (only about 5-7 of that is hands-on)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice--I used 6 large limes
- Ice cubes
- 1 quart seltzer water or club soda
- Additional fresh limes for garnish
1. Place the sugar in a food processor or blender and blend until finely ground. This is known as superfine sugar. Sometimes it can be hard to find in stores and it's so much cheaper to make it yourself too. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine and continue to stir until all the sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes.
2. When sugar syrup is cooled, stir in the lime juice. Fill a large pitcher with ice, pour in the syrup mixture and add the bottle of seltzer water. Stir well. Garnish with additional lime slices if desired and serve immediately.
Note: Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.