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Easy homemade lemon lime soda recipe without syrup (tastes similar to Sprite or 7-up)
Are you a fan of the refreshing taste of lemon-lime soda but looking for a healthier, sugar-free alternative? With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own version of this popular lemon-lime soda at home.
It's a fantastic way to enjoy a guilt-free beverage that's just as delicious as the original (no simple syrup or sugar required).
Here's how to whip up your own homemade, sugar-free drink that tastes a lot like Sprite!
How to make homemade lemon lime soda for a healthy beverage
It is SO easy to make your own healthy lemon-lime soda at home! All you need is lemon, lime, stevia, and sparkling water (or carbonated water).
It's much better than store bought, and it's a great recipe to keep on hand!
Homemade lemon lime soda video
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make - it only takes about 30 seconds!
How to add extra Vitamin C to homemade lemon-lime soda
Before you add ice, add ¼ cup of carbonated water to the cup. Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon Baobab extract and stir until dissolved.
Then proceed with the remainder of the recipe. This will add extra nutrition to your drink! (And it's perfect for winter to keep your immune system happy!)
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1/16th teaspoon of stevia (adjust to taste)
- Sparkling water (or carbonated water)
- Sweeten: Fill a glass with ice, then add 1/16th teaspoon of stevia. This natural sweetener is much sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. If you're new to using stevia, you might want to start with a small amount and adjust it according to your taste preferences.
- Prepare Your Citrus: Juice your lemon and lime. You'll want to make sure you get all the juice out of them, so a citrus juicer or a hand press can be very helpful.
- Mix: Fill the glass with sparkling water, leaving some room at the top to stir. Gently mix the lemon-lime juice and stevia with the sparkling water. The key here is to integrate the sweetener thoroughly while keeping the fizzy texture of the sparkling water.
- Taste and Adjust: Taste your homemade soda. If you prefer it sweeter, you can add a bit more stevia. Remember, it's easier to add more sweetener than to correct an overly sweet drink.
- Serve: Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime on the rim of the glass for a decorative touch and a hint of extra flavor.
Refresh your drink: Tips for the perfect homemade soda
- Chill Your Ingredients: For an even more refreshing drink, chill your lemon, lime, and sparkling water in the refrigerator before making your Sprite.
- Experiment with Flavors: Once you're comfortable with the basic recipe, feel free to experiment with adding other natural flavors, such as mint leaves or a splash of orange extract, for a unique twist.
- Adjust Sweetness: Depending on your taste and the natural sweetness of your lemons and limes, you may need to adjust the amount of stevia. Start with a little and add more as needed.
Can I use other sweeteners instead of stevia in this drink?
Yes, you can use other sweeteners like erythritol, monk fruit, or even liquid stevia. Keep in mind that the sweetness level and volume may vary with different sweeteners, so you'll need to adjust the amount based on your taste and the sweetener's instructions.
How long does homemade lemon lime soda last?
Homemade lemon-lime soda is best enjoyed fresh to maintain its fizzy texture.
However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The drink may lose some carbonation over time.
Can I make a larger batch of lemon-lime soda?
Absolutely! To make a larger batch, simply multiply the ingredients based on the number of servings you need. Mix the lemon and lime juice with stevia in a pitcher, then add sparkling water when you're ready to serve to preserve the fizz.
Are the ingredients in this recipe keto-friendly?
Yes, this homemade lemon-lime soda recipe is keto-friendly as it uses stevia, a zero-calorie sweetener that does not impact blood sugar levels.
Always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they fit within your dietary requirements.
Can I add other flavors to this easy homemade lemon lime soda?
Yes, you can customize your homemade Sprite by adding other natural flavors. Mint, cucumber slices, or a splash of natural fruit juice (like orange or grapefruit) can add a unique twist to your drink. Just be mindful of the added sugars if you're trying to keep it sugar-free.
Can I use lemon or lime concentrate instead of fresh juice in a lemon lime soda recipe?
While fresh lemon and lime juice provide the best flavor, you can use concentrate in a pinch. Be aware that concentrates may contain added sugars or preservatives, so check the label if you're aiming for a sugar-free version.
Carbonated water or club soda?
Carbonated water and club soda are similar, but not exactly the same.
Carbonated water is simply water that has been infused with carbon dioxide under pressure, which creates bubbles and a fizzy sensation. It does not typically have any added flavors or minerals.
Club soda, on the other hand, is a type of carbonated water that has added minerals, such as sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium sulfate, or disodium phosphate. These added minerals give club soda a slightly different taste than plain carbonated water.
For this recipe, you can use either carbonated water or club soda.
We have a sodastream, so we make our own carbonated water at home.
Making your own sugar-free soda at home is not only easy but also a healthier alternative to store-bought sodas. It allows you to control the ingredients and the sweetness level, ensuring you can enjoy a refreshing, guilt-free beverage anytime. So next time you're craving something fizzy and sweet, give this homemade recipe a try!
Homemade Sugar-Free Lemon Lime Soda Recipe
- Juice of ½ Lemon
- Juice of ½ Lime
- 1/16 Teaspoon Stevia Extract adjust to taste
- Carbonated or Sparkling Water
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add 1/16th teaspoon of stevia to the glass.
- Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon and ½ lime into a glass.
- Pour carbonated or sparkling water to fill the glass, then stir.