Orange Soda, without the extras

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I’m not a big soda drinker, in fact, we buy it only a few times a year.  When we do, I make sure some orange soda is included, something about that stuff is just so darn good!!  What isn’t good?  All the extra crap that goes in it.  I’m not some huge health fanatic (obviously not, look at some of the recipes I post) but I do try to be a little conscientious of ingredients, especially now that I have the twinadoes.

Sitting on the counter were some oranges, limes and lemons that needed to get used up.  I could have made my crispy orange beef or something on those lines, but I wanted to try to make some orange soda since I had been craving that for a few days.  I add flavors to seltzer water all the time, and normally love it, so I thought why not all this citris.  I’m glad I did…and as a side note, the lemon/orange infused simple syrup would be great with mixed drinks (the adult kind).

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For the Recipe: (makes two drinks)

1 c. water

1 c. sugar

zest from one orange

zest from one lemon

1 c. fresh orange juice

4 tbsp. fresh lime juice

In a saucepan heat the water, sugar, orange and lemon zests.  Make sure it gets hot enough to melt the sugar, then remove from the heat and let every thing steep together.  I did this the night before so the flavors would have enough time to really develop.   You will have extra of this simple syrup, but you can keep it in your fridge for up to a month.  In a glass, add 1/2 c. orange juice, 2 tbsp. lime juice, 2 tbsp. of the simple syrup.  Mix together and add ice.

Enjoy!!

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