We were unsure as to what to title this post. One of us thought that we should call it Fresh Fresca®, and be able to discuss that Fresh Fresca® is really redundant; after all, fresca is Spanish for fresh. The other merged the words and suggested the better title of Freshca, a sort of Spanglish neologism. And, with that, we lay claim to the noun Freshca (sure, you could probably find someone, somewhere, who used the term before, but that just doesn’t bother us).
While we came up with the noun, we didn’t come up with this idea or recipe; instead, we had one of our trusty helpers (she doesn’t know she helped us out, but we did get it from Andrea Lynn’s The Artisan Soda Workshop) supply us with the recipe.
We know there are all sorts of fancy “soda machines” you can go out and buy, but don’t worry, we’ll make this up with items that would have been found in your great-grandmother’s kitchen. We don’t know about you, but we’re sure scratchin’ to quench our thirst.
Make 2 servings.
Ruby Red grapefruit are coming in super-sweet his year, and are really juicy. We generally just eat them up as grapefruit, but we really thought that we’d make up some soda, à la Fresca®, since it’s such a great thirst-quencher. And, by making it ourselves, we get some of the benefits of the fruit (unlike in the can), and still have a refreshing drink. For the seltzer water, we made sure to buy a brand that had only Carbonated Water as an ingredient. Some had salt, calcium chloride, flavorings, or even sweeteners. Check the label.
Procedure in detail:
Make simple syrup. This is the fastest way to make simple syrup. Measure out the sugar into a small heatproof bowl (we used a measuring cup), boil water, and add 1/3 of a cup of the boiling water to the sugar. Stir until dissolved, then chill in the refrigerator.
Squeeze grapefruit. Use whatever you have on hand to squeeze the juice out of the grapefruit. You can even use a fork stabbed into the middle to as a reamer while you squeeze out the juice. When the juice is out, pick out the seeds.
Sweeten. Taste the grapefruit juice and add simple syrup to sweeten. Depending on the sweetness of your grapefruit, you might only need a little, so taste, add, taste, add. Make it just a bit sweeter than you think it should be, as carbonated water’s bitterness will counteract some of that sweetness.
Serve. Place ice in two large glasses, divide the juice between them, and top with about an equal amount of seltzer water. Stir and enjoy.
Well, that wasn’t much more difficult than squeezing juice, was it? And, as promised, no special equipment required. We really liked our Freshca; with the fresh fruit juice, it tasted even better than the national brand, and was quite refreshing. Our only disappointment is that fresh ripe citrus doesn’t show up in the summer, when Freshca would help beat the heat. Five stars.