I drink so much that my husband actually suggested buying a carbonator kit so I could make my own. Now, there’s no way I’m going to be able to replicate Diet Coke at home, but I do love alternative summery beverages — sparkling or not — such as lemon- and limeade, sangria, Crystal Light and the like — which might make for bubbly fun for a patio night.
I don’t know if it’s $80 fun, but fun anyway.
My citrus-ade craving probably started a couple of weeks ago when I was in possession of several limes that didn’t have any specific destination, and my son wanted to use my citrus squeezer/dish to juice them. So I let him squeeze them all while I made a simple syrup by heating 2 cups water and adding 1 cup sugar and stirring until the sugar dissolves. Added ice, juice and served it up. Incredible.
At long last, my point is that Lemon Soda with Bay Leaf Ice Cubes reached out of the computer and grabbed my hand and made it hit the “print” button. For now, I’ll have to use the suggested sparkling water from a bottle.
(As for the bay leaf ice cubes, I don’t know. Maybe. But the Lemon Soda is definitely headed into a glass near me.)
It might also serve as a tasty foil for any clear liquor, such as Absolut citron … but you didn’t hear that from me.