Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda

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Okay, so we went to the dentist and apparently rootbeer can contribute to tooth discolorations.  Not that we consume vast amounts of the substance, but the dentist recommended passing on anything dark for awhile in lieu of something light, like Sprite, so………..we are switching to ‘clear’ fizzy drinks unless I can find clear rootbeer extract.  Anyone?

We are watching our sugar intake and I don’t want to become a high fructose corn syrup consumer, so I began my quest for a natural lemon-lime fizzy drink and voila, I think I have found one.

To avoid purchasing cans of sugary fizzy substances with artificial color and flavors, I purchased a Soda Stream Carbonator.  It isn’t too bad.  It doesn’t quite give you the fizz of Coke products, but the fizz isn’t great for you anyway.  It is just fun because it tickles when you drink it.

First, you will want to make simple syrup.  That is the foundation for any sweet drink.  To make Simple Syrup, you use 1 part sugar (or sweetener) and 1 part water.  Heat the water to almost boiling and then mix the sugar until dissolved.

For 1 liter of Lemon-Lime drink, mix 6 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 3 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice, 1/2 Cup of Simple Syrup and 1 liter of carbonated water.   You may want to save some thin slices of lemon or lime for garnish.

Pour over ice and enjoy.  Cheers!

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