Summer’s perfect refreshment is an ice-cold, delicious drink. This refreshing Raspberry Key Lime Italian Soda is homemade and very easy. Made with fresh raspberry-lime syrup and soda water, this is the favorite drink to serve with summer fun outside.
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Remember when we were counting the days of May more and more impatiently as it got closer and closer to summer?
I definitely could not wait to summer to start each year. It didn’t just mean that school was finally over and we had three whole months off, but it also meant sleeping in and spending the days at the lake.
We had a beautiful lake just 5-minute walk away from my grandparent’s house and we spend every second of summer there. We actually hung out at the late year-round but in the summer, we might as well have put a tent and slept there 24-7 because we really only went home to sleep.
The lake was surrounded by apple orchards, gardens, and wooded areas, so it was a perfect place to spend our days. I miss it every day and it’s really too bad that my kids and sister will never experience it.
In Florida, I am genuinely horrified by any body of water, even the man-made little ponds in our neighborhood. Rightfully so because there are gators and snakes all over the place. Last year, there was a good size gator found in one of those little ponds in our neighborhood. I won’t even go finish in one of those.
Pool seems like the safest place to chill for the kids. Beach is good too but you know…sharks. We go to the beach all the time but I didn’t say anything about swimming in the ocean.
Pools are a great way to beat the heat and if one of the friends has a pool in their house, that’s where all the kids will be spending the days. I remember the time when my mom had a pool, she had a lot of entertaining to do those summers.
With a pack of kids in your house, you need a lot of refreshments and a lot of ice cream.
Homemade Raspberry Key Lime Italian Sodas will be very popular with the kids and adults. First of all, it’s a tasty soda so you know kids will love it. Second of all, it’s made with homemade syrup out of fresh raspberries, so adults will enjoy that fact. No artificial flavors and added vitamins.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ITALIAN SODA:
- Start by making the syrup. Combine berries and sugar in a sauce pot and heat it up over medium heat.
- Then, add key lime zest, juice, and water to the pot. Cover and simmer for a few minutes.
- Smash berries with a wooden spoon and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook for just a few more minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine strainer to get rid of the seeds and solids.
- Refrigerate the syrup until ready to use and use solids in the pancakes of waffles.
- This recipe makes about a cup and a half of syrup, which is good for 9-12 8-oz drinks, depending on how sweet you like them.
- Remember that you can always double and triple the recipe for a big party.
These sodas are very easy to make and they can easily be made into Italian Cream Soda with just adding a little bit of whipped cream on top.
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Float Party and Raspberry Key Lime Italian Soda
- 1 lb raspberries
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 5 key limes
- 1/3 cup water
- Club Soda
- In a small sauce pot, over medium heat, combine raspberries and sugar. Mix well.
Zest key limes and add zest to the pot.
Add juice of key limes as well and mix well. Cover with a lid but don't walk away.
After a couple of minutes on heat, start mashing the berries with a wooden spoon. Mash all the berries well.
Add water and mix well. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to medium-low and keep berry mixture simmering for about 5-7 minutes, stirring often. (Don't walk away because berries tend to raise and simmer over when cooking. If it happens, just raise the lid a little to let the steam out.)
- Strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove the seeds and solids.
Refrigerate the syrup until ready to use. Use cooled syrup in drinks.
Fill the glasses with club soda, about 3/4 way up. Add about 2 tbs of raspberry syrup per glass (more if you like it sweeter.)
(This recipe makes about a cup and a half of syrup, which is good for 9-12 8-oz drinks, depending on how sweet you like them.)
Feel free to double the recipe for parties.
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**This post was originally posted on Will Cook For Smiles in June, 2013.