I gave up diet Coke (again) a couple months ago. Most of the time I don't miss it, but sometimes you just want an icy cold drink with lime-y goodness mixed in. This week I've found a superior substitute!
Earlier this week I escaped to the Uintas and the Mirror Lake Highway
for some hiking and stopped by the town of Kamas on the way home for
The Hi Mountain Drug store has a soda fountain and restaurant that is adorable, and I highly recommend a stop (its only about 40 minutes from Salt Lake; well worth the drive). After hiking all morning, I ordered the Fresh Lime Squeeze--boy was it tasty. I watched the server mix it up and asked her what was in it--pretty simple stuff (which I generally have in the house anyway, except the soda). So, now I'm hooked on this new beverage.
What you'll need:
Simple Syrup (instructions below)
Ice or a chilled glass
Make the simple syrup by mixing equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heating over medium heat until the sugar is all dissolved and the liquid is perfectly clear (I made a 1 c. sugar/1 c. water batch so I could make several glasses without having to make up syrup each time).
In a chilled glass, add 4 Tablespoons of simple syrup and the juice of 1 1/2 limes and 1 1/2 cups of seltzer. You can add more syrup if you want it sweeter or more lime juice if you like it tart. I think I'm going to swing by the store and pick up some of "pellet" style ice--I think it would make it even better. I picked up my limes at the Hispanic grocery store because they always have them for less $ (I bought a bag of 15 for about $1).
Sit outside and enjoy the summer sun and the tart lime of your fresh lime squeeze--and head to the Mirror Lake Highway--its gorgeous up there.