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.

Dev Patel
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
4 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Boil water and sugar in a small saucepan just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

101 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 26.3g 9% DV; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 25.5g; fatg; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 0.9IU; vitamin c 5.9mg 10% DV; folate 3mcg 1% DV; calcium 2.9mg; ironmg; magnesium 1.5mg 1% DV; potassium 16.8mg 1% DV; sodium 2.2mg.