Summer vacation may be over for those of you whose schedules revolve around the school-year, but the Summer heat is definitely sticking around for a bit longer. My poor hometown of Austin is still seeing temperatures well above 100 degrees, close to 110 yesterday to be exact. Sounds like the perfect time to share my favorite way to cool off on a hot Summer day: with a refreshing sparkling limeade.
Sonic limeades are my favorite thanks to their amazing ice, but we still aren't living close enough to one to make it worth the drive. Lucky for me, limeades are super easy to make at home and even without the infamous ice, these are better than the Sonic inspiration if you ask me.
After a little bit of tinkering, I love the ratio that I came up with because it makes one serving at a time. It can easily be doubled, quadrupled, etc for sharing, but is perfect for making fresh at home for one. Feel free to spice it up with a handfull of fresh berries or sprigs of mint and help fight the heat this Summer with homemade sparkling limeade - enjoy and stay cool, y'all!
1-2 tablespoons simple syrup
8 ounces club soda, chilled
Segment* lime, reserving one or two thin slices for garnish. Place segments in bottom of glass and squeeze the juice out of the remaining membrane over the segments.
Top lime segments with 1 tablespoon simple syrup and muddle to break up the segments and release more juice.
Top off your glass with chilled club soda, stir and taste. Add additional tablespoon of simple syrup if additional sweetness is desired. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy!
If it is an extra hot day, drink can be shaken over ice.