The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Mango Melon and Lime Soda
with Mint and Geranium

Homemade sodas are a fun and simple thing to prepare right in your own
kitchen. No fancy equipment required, with an endless possibility of flavors.

Making your own soda is also a great way to use up any leftover fruits, herbs
or whatever you may have on hand. Or perhaps you are like me and have
an over abundance of certain herbs crowding out some of your more
docile plants in your garden...

What you will need:
1 mango melon, peeled and seeded
10-15 large spearmint leaves
1 medium bunch geranium leaves and flowers
2 cups water
2 cups raw sugar
2 fresh limes, juiced
2 liters sparkling water
Chilled pitcher or soda bottles

Let's get cooking:
Roughly chop your melon and set aside. Tear mint and geranium leaves
to release the essential oils.

Place 2 cups of water into a sauce pan, add melon, herbs and sugar.
Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for
an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes.

Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve until the syrup is free of debris.
Add lime juice and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

When ready to serve mix 1/2 cup syrup to 2 cups sparkling water. Or
begin with a lesser amount of syrup until desired taste is acquired.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

This recipe was originally featured on Honest Cooking The Food Magazine.
For more refreshment on the web
Blackberry Mint Margaritas - Honest Cooking
Pineapple Margarita - Sweet Life
Watermelon, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie - The Comfort of Cooking

Alisha ~ Magic of Spice

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