Raspberry Lime Rickey

Raspberry Lime Rickey
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making soda
No oar needed!

Okay, a show of hands. How many people out there make their own soda? C’mon, raise your hands. Hmm. That’s kind of what we thought. Isn’t that odd? Only a few raised hands. Considering that Coca-Cola® was supposedly mixed up in an iron kettle and stirred with an oar, it can’t be that hard, right?

Right you are, as you’ll see, for today we’ll make our own Raspberry Like Rickey soda, and, as it turns out, the oar is optional. We found this recipe several years ago in Andrew Schloss’ book Homemade Soda.

Makes 1 cup syrup (3-4 sodas)

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Raspberry Lime Rickey


  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Seltzer water

Abbreviated Instructions

In a small saucepan, mash raspberries with a potato masher. Add sugar and lime juice.

Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cool.

Strain syrup and discard remaining seeds.

Pour 1/3 cup syrup in tall glass over ice, add seltzer water, and stir.


Ingredient discussion:

Since the whole idea of making your own soda is to have it fresh, use freshly squeezed limes and fresh raspberries. And be careful when you buy seltzer water (or tonic water), as some apparently has added sugar and/or flavors; you don’t want that. You want plain old carbonated water. We found a version of Canada Dry that was perfect.

Procedure in detail:

There’s really no too much here, but humor us. We’re on vacation.

mashing raspberries
Mash away on those raspberries to get the juices flowing.

Mash raspberries. Just pour the cup of raspberries into a small saucepan and mash them. Use a potato masher if you want. Or a fork. Anything will work.

making syrup
Add lime juice and sugar to turn the raspberry juice into syrup.

Add lime and sugar. Dump the lime juice on top, then pour in the sugar.

boiling syrup
Simply bring it all to a boil, then let cool.

Bring to a boil. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Cool. Remove from heat and let cool.

straining syrup
We only had a little tea strainer, just a slight step up from an oar, but it worked!

Strain. Now, pour the raspberry mush through a fine strainer to separate the seeds from the syrup. Discard the seeds, save the syrup.

making soda
Soda is simply syrup and carbonated water. No need for anything special.

Make soda. Pour about 1/3 cup of syrup into a tall glass with ice, fill to the top with seltzer water, and stir to combine.

Simple, right? And here you thought there was something mystical and magical about making soda. Hmm. It seems as though those soda makers pulled the wool over our eyes. So, it’s simple, but how’s it taste? Like the freshest, best raspberry soda you’ve ever had in your life! That’s how it tastes. Plus, it looks beautiful. And all for a few minutes work. We will say that the lime is overpowered by the raspberries, so you might want to increase the amount of lime juice just a tad. Even so, five stars!

Worth the trouble?

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