Summer is in full swing here in South Florida, and it’s HOT! Like in the mid to high 90s every day hot. That means two things: 1) regular visits to the pool and 2) lots of cold drinks. This recipe for Raspberry Key Lime Italian Soda sounds like it was made for these hot summer days. Now for the hard part, making this Italian soda recipe and sipping it by the pool to see if it is as refreshing as it sounds. Poor me!
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.
Raspberries and Key limes are in season in the summer, so there was no problem finding the main ingredients for this recipe. They were even reasonably priced at $5 for a pound of raspberries and $3 for a pound of Key limes. Now I just have to find a way to use the leftover Key limes so they don’t go to waste.
The instructions for this recipe were clear and easy to follow, and there were two main parts. The first was making the raspberry Key lime syrup, which was the bulk of the work.
Zesting the little Key limes was the hardest part. It took some patience to hold onto the tiny fruit, and I had to really watch my fingers. Once that was done, I used my electric juicer to juice the limes. I know they’re small, but using a citrus reamer to juice 5 limes by hand would have taken forever, and zesting has already tested my patience for the day.
From there it was just a matter of simmering the mixture in a small saucepan, smashing the raspberries with a wooden spoon, and straining out the seeds and solids. The entire process took 18 minutes from start to finish, then it was into the refrigerator to chill.
I made my Italian sodas the next day, and it couldn’t have been easier. In fact, making the garnishes took longer than making to sodas!