Ginger Lime Soda (or Margaritas)

A beverage that doubles as a healthy soda for the kids and a cocktail for the adults is plain brilliant in our books. Make a double batch and label one pitcher as boozy and one as virgin. Either way, the drink has just five ingredients and each one packs (excuse the pun) a big punch. Ginger and granulated sugar get whirled up in the food processor and made into fresh-tasting simple syrup. A ton of fresh lime juice makes up the body of the drink, and, here’s the kicker, freshly squeezed orange juice stands in for sickly sweet orange-flavored liqueur.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 268.95 calories
    • Fat 0.06 g
    • Sat Fat 0.01 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 2.16 mg
    • Protein 0.31 g
    • Carbohydrate 37.39 g
    • Sugar 33.11 g
    • Fiber 0.26 g
A beverage that doubles as a healthy soda for the kids and a cocktail for the adults is plain brilliant in our books. Make a double batch and label one pitcher as boozy and one as virgin. Either way, the drink has just five ingredients and each one packs (excuse the pun) a big punch. Ginger and granulated sugar get whirled up in the food processor and made into fresh-tasting simple syrup. A ton of fresh lime juice makes up the body of the drink, and, here’s the kicker, freshly squeezed orange juice stands in for sickly sweet orange-flavored liqueur.

Ingredients

  1. Check 4-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  2. Check cups granulated sugar
  3. Check 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 18 limes), plus 1 lime, thinly sliced for serving
  4. Check ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  5. Check 2 cups club soda or tequila blanco

Directions

  1. Combine ginger and sugar in a food processor and process until ginger is finely ground. Transfer to a small saucepan and add ⅔ cup water; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves; strain.
  2. Combine ginger syrup, lime juice, sliced lime, orange juice, and club soda or tequila in a large pitcher filled with ice and stir to combine. Serve over ice.