Homemade Strawberry Limeade Soda

August 8, 2011

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Homemade Strawberry Limeade Soda #summer #limeade #homemade | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

What does one do with 2 dozens limes, freshly picked from a friends tree and a few too many strawberries bought at the local farmers market?  Strawberry Limeade Soda anyone??

I tend to be fairly conscious on my weekly trip to the farmers market.  But sometimes, “a special” gets the best of me.  A flat of strawberries at a special price was something I could not pass up.  Strawberry protein smoothies, a batch of Strawberry Shortcake Cookies for friends, and a strawberry-blueberry crisp made a very small dent in, what felt like, a bushel of berries.  I began to think about what else I could create.

I have been making a lot of fruity “sodas’ this summer, using Pelligrino as the carbonate and wanted to have something new on hand when the kids arrived home from camp.  Last year, I made a Fresh Strawberry Lemonade, so why not use the limes I had on hand and make a limeade-strawberry cocktail?  So I did.  In the fridge is a bottle of fresh strawberry sauce and next to it is a pitcher of fresh limeade. The kids have become quite the mixologists.  They like coming up with their own ratios, which feels as though they are drinking “soda” without all the stuff in it.

We adults like to add a splash (or two) of vodka to our fresh fruit soda.  Everyone wins.  The kids get their soda craving and the grown ups get their lemonade – spiked! Cheers to a beverage the whole family can enjoy!

A simple strawberry sauce makes the most refreshing Homemade Strawberry Limeade Soda #summer #limeade #homemade | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

Fresh Strawberry Limeade Soda
yield: 8 oz of strawberry sauce, 16 oz of limeade

ingredients:
for the strawberry sauce:
1 pint of fresh strawberries, rinced, stems removed
2 Tbsp. white, organic sugar
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. water
for the limeade:
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
sparkling water( I used Pelligrino )

instructions:
for the strawberry sauce:
• in your food processor, puree all the ingredients.
• set a strainer over a glass bowl and pour puree into the strainer.  once strained, cover and refrigerate.
for the limeade:
• make a simple syrup with the sugar and water by putting both ingredients into a small sauce pot.  bring to a boil and stir unitl all the sugar has dissolved.
• turn the heat down to simmer and let steep for 3-5 minutes.  remove and let cool slightly.
• combine the lime juice and simple syrup and store, covered in the fridge.
• when ready to use, mix the strawberry sauce, limeade, and pelligrino to create a fruity, tangy soda.
• if serving to a crowd, before your guest arrive, combine all of the sauce and all of the limeade with 4-5 cups of pelligrino in a pitcher.  add ice, lime slices and bit of fresh mint leaves.  let your guest self serve.

An easy recipe for Homemade Strawberry Limeade Soda is the perfect beverage for your next summer BBQ. #bbq #summer #limeade #homemade | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

More Soda Cocktails:
Peach Basil Limeade – Cocktail Remedy
Peach Cooler – White on Rice Couple
Summer Sweet Raspberry Lemonade – Joy the Baker
Raspberry Limeade Slushies – Smitten Kitchen

 

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1 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 8, 2011 at 5:23 am

This looks really refreshing. I don’t think I’ve had strawberry and lime together, but I can imagine I would enjoy it alot!

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2 Susan August 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

strawberry and citrus is a wonderful combo. I usually do lemons, but I had tons of limes and didn’t want them to go to waste!

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3 Kim August 8, 2011 at 5:57 am

This soda is so perfect. With all these fresh ingredients, you really can’t go wrong. Plus, you reminded me if these strawberries shortcakes cookies. I will bake these today after I went to the farmer’s market!

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4 Susan August 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Kim, I am going to try it with raspberries next time! x

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5 Nancy@acommunaltable August 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I have been having so much fun this summer making infused syrups to mix with carbonated water – they taste so much better than anything you can get in a bottle or a can! Hmm… will definitely have to pick up more strawberries and give this one a try since it sounds so-o-o good!!!

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6 Susan August 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Nancy – making your own sodas diverts the kids from wanting the stuff in cans. These are so refreshing and the sauces can be poured over ice cream or pound cake! Don’t you just love diversity in your food? x

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7 Esi August 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Love it! Sounds so refreshing for right now.

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8 Kristen August 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh I can’t wait to try these summery cocktails! Gorgeous pics – love that table.

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9 Susan August 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

Kristen – that table is a flea market find that had that petina. So good, right!!! x

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10 Amanda August 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I love this. Lovelovelove it. Like seriously my fav flavor combo ever… now I must make it! :)

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