Lemon Soda

Lemon soda is a guilt free, refreshing drink that screams summer. In South India almost every street corner has a small store selling freshly made lemon soda and snacks. Club soda is combined with fresh lime-lemon juice, salt and sugar to make this incredibly satisfying thirst quencher. You can add ginger and mint for a variation. If you feel adventurous, you can even add a splash of gin.

lemon soda


Juice from 3 big lemons

Juice from 1 big lime

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

Chilled club soda/carbonated water

3 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)

2inch piece ginger, grated (optional)

mint leaves (optional)


1. Combine sugar, water, salt, ginger(if using) and lemon-lime juices in a saucepan on medium heat till the sugar dissolves completely. Cool and strain through a fine sieve, discarding any ginger solids. Once completely cooled, this syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

2. When ready to serve, place 3 tablespoons of syrup from step 1 in a large glass.

3. Add cumin powder( optional) and mix well.

4. Top with club soda and ice.

5. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves (optional)


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