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Happy Hour: Soda Chanh (Simple Sparkling Lemonade)

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,

Soda Chanh

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

  1. To make the simple syrup, combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Continue cooking without stirring for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is clear and the consistency of light syrup.
  4. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool completely.
  5. Either use immediately or pour into a clean, dry jar and refrigerate, covered tightly, until ready to use. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
  6. To make lemon soda: In a pitcher, combine 1 cup simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir to mix well.
  7. 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.
  8. Stir in salt if desired.
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SU3 SU3 9 years
definitely going to try this. My dad does something similar - he just adds the lemon juice to his sparkling water...
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
thirst quenching
LadeeVolFan LadeeVolFan 10 years
Sounds very refreshing...will definitely have to try this out!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I am very excited to try this as well.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
so THAT's how they do that! I'm so excited to try it
rb24 rb24 10 years
Sounds wonderful. I would make some lemon ice cubes because i like lemonade a bit tart
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