One of my favorite drinks at Vietnamese restaurants is soda chanh, which is essentially a limeade (although sometimes it's lemonade) made from sparkling water. It's wonderfully refreshing and hits the spot on really hot days. The best part is that I don't have to wait until I go out to eat to enjoy it. The recipe is super simple, so you won't have to wait either. To give this recipe a try,
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon (or lime) juice
Ice cubes or crushed ice
6 cups sparkling water or club soda
optional: pinch of salt
- To make the simple syrup, combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
- Continue cooking without stirring for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is clear and the consistency of light syrup.
- Remove pan from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Either use immediately or pour into a clean, dry jar and refrigerate, covered tightly, until ready to use. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
- To make lemon soda: In a pitcher, combine 1 cup simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir to mix well.
- Fill six glasses with crushed ice; then pour 1/4 cup of lemon syrup in each glass. Fill the rest of the way with sparkling water, stir, and serve immediately.
- Stir in salt if desired.