Fizzy Fruity Refresher

By • April 18, 2010 • 12 Comments

23 Save


Author Notes: When we were in Hawaii, our hotel had a large jug of water with pieces of fruit cut up in it in the lobby all day long--it was great for filling up our water bottles before going on a hike or a bike ride. I originally made the simple syrup to sweeten iced tea, and my husband said, wow, this would be great if you used seltzer instead of iced tea! (He was right.) At the same time, I was looking through my old recipe cards to find my mother's recipes, and I came upon a recipe my daughter wrote down when she was about 8 years old--she made a "special drink" and wrote down the recipe for me. So I included her recipe card as inspiration. You can use any fruit that you like, the juicier the better. - drbabs drbabs

Food52 Review: Fizzy and fruity, just like the name says. The syrup is lightly citrusy, not cloying. It also could not be easier to make. The fruit macerates with the sugar and then the hot water naturally creates a simple syrup. I see myself making big batches of the syrup with all kinds of fresh fruit and berries during the summer to store in my fridge. - EmilyA&M

Serves 6-8

Fruity simple syrup

  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 cup hot water
  1. Place fruit, mint and sugar in large bowl or jug and macerate until the sugar begins to dissolve and a thick syrup starts to form.
  2. Pour hot water over fruit, mint and sugar and stir till the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Let fruit, mint and sugar steep together till solution has cooled.
  4. Strain into a pitcher, pressing into the fruit with the back of a spoon so that you get as much juice as possible into the pitcher. If pieces of fruit have fallen into the pitcher, strain it again so that you have a pure syrup. (Great for sweetening iced tea, by the way.)
  5. Refrigerate syrup.

To Make the Drink:

  • 6 ounces seltzer
  • ~1/3 lemon or lime (use a meyer lemon if you can get it)
  • 2-4 ounces fruity simple syrup, to taste
  • fruit or mint sprig for garnish
  1. Pour sparkling water into large glass over crushed ice (if desired).
  2. Squeeze juice of lemon or lime into glass.
  3. Add 2-4 ounces of syrup--varying to taste for sweetness.
  4. Garnish with fruit or a sprig of mint.
  5. Ahhhhh......
Jump to Comments (12)

Tags: Drinks, fruit

Comments (12) Questions (0)

Default-small
Default-small
Dsc_0675-x2a

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love the history! This is how my neighbor's kids have make their fizzy drinks, too!

Img_7818

over 3 years ago EmilyC

This sounds really refreshing!

Image

over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Emily!

3-bizcard

over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love it sounds so refreshing

Image

over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

3-bizcard

over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I have the fruit steeping right now it will be perfect on this very hot day. It is going to be so good.

3-bizcard

over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I made it today its absolutely delicious. So refreshing perfect on a hot summer day.

Image

over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so happy you liked it!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

This sounds very refreshing! That is the cutest recipe card!!! I'd keep it forever.

Image

over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

oh, absolutely. just made this tonight with lime instead of lemon--delicious!

Newliztoqueicon-2

over 4 years ago Lizthechef

I just made one of these - hits the spot. Thanks! I used superfine sugar and cheated a little...

Image

over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

so glad you liked it, Liz!