What could be more appealing on a hot summer day than a sweet, bubbly drink in a fancy glass?
This is a fun, super easy, simple pleasure that my 13 year-old daughter and I came up with this summer. We don't really drink soda, only have it for parties, and sometimes when we go to the movies. So, this is a treat for us and I've convinced myself it has some healthy attributes, since there is real juice in it :). Part of the fun with these drinks, is the glass you serve them in, and the way you dress them up. The glasses can be tall or short, but preferably have a stem and definitely need to be real glass, this makes kids feel very grown up:) Serve with sweet maraschino cherries & lime slices, little umbrellas or flags, and don't forget the straw! Serve them with salty stove-top popped popcorn for a great sweet/salty snack. I will never be too old to enjoy these!
I like to make these individually when it's just a few of us, so they stay nice and bubbly and can be adjusted for sweetness to each person's taste. My youngest daugher likes them a little tart, while my oldest and I prefer them sweeter :). You can make a big pitcher of them if you're serving a big crowd.
Cherry Lime Fizzes
- Fresh Squeezed Lime juice
- Cherry syrup (Torani is perfect for this)
- Sparkling mineral water, chilled
- Maraschino cherries and lime slices
*Variation: Use fresh squeezed lemon juice, and strawberry syrup, for a sweet, bubbly lemonade, and garnish with fresh strawberries, and lemon slices.
Fill a fancy glass with crushed ice, pour 2 Tbs. lime juice & 1/4 C. cherry syrup. Top off with chilled sparkling water. Leave a little room to adjust flavor if necessary. Top with maraschino cherries and lime slices, pop in a straw and ENJOY! This amount of syrup makes it pretty sweet, which most kids like, but it you like it a little more tart, use less syrup or more lime juice. Just multiply the recipe to taste for a large batch.