Habanada Pepper Soda

Habanada Pepper Soda

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

Skip the soda pop but still get a zesty hit with this homemade soda recipe. Use heatless habaneros if you can find them—they add a floral essence. Heat seekers can use regular habaneros for more of a thrill.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 10-12 low-heat habaneros, such as Habanadas, or 5 habaneros
  • 1 lemon, peeled and juiced
  • 3 cups chilled plain seltzer


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  1. Boil water and sugar in a small saucepan just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  2. Wearing gloves if using a hot variety, halve peppers lengthwise and discard stem, seeds and membranes. Place the peppers in a medium heatproof bowl. Add lemon peel and stir in the simple syrup. Let cool, uncovered, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.
  3. To make the soda, strain the syrup into a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and seltzer.
  • To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 101 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 2 mg sodium; 17 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ other carb

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