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.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
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
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.
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