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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

Dev Patel


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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; 2 mg sodium. 17 mg potassium; 26.3 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 26 g sugar; 0.1 g protein; 1 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 3 mcg folate; 3 mg calcium; 2 mg magnesium;