Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Raspberry Lime Rickey

I have raspberries coming on in my garden like crazy, so when I saw this fun drink using fresh raspberries in the newspaper today, I thought I would give it a try.  The article was about creating your own sodas, and how much better they are than anything you can buy in a can or bottle.  It was really good - I loved the combination of flavors.  I actually squeezed in a little extra lime juice at the end to give it a little more zip.  Very refreshing!

Raspberry Lime Rickey
from "Homemade Sodas"

1 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 c freshly squeezed lime juice
1 c sugar
Seltzer, chilled (I used club soda)
Lime wedges, to garnish

Mash raspberries in a small saucepan with a potato masher.  Stir in the lime juice and sugar until combined.  Warm over low heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves and raspberries have released all their liquid.  Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.  Let cool to room temperature and then strain.  This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days, but is best used immediately. 

Combine syrup and seltzer (or club soda) to taste.  Garnish each serving with a lime wedge.

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