Ginger Soda with Lime Leaf and Chili

ginger soda

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A refreshing and spicy homemade ginger soda perfect for hot summer days!


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup peeled and chopped ginger (about a large thumb size piece)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cups soda water (or seltzer)
  • 2 limes (cut into wedges)


  1. Boil and simmer sugar, water, ginger, salt, pepper flakes and lime leaves. Simmer for 15 minutes covered.
  2. Steep for 15 minutes and strain syrup in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Use 12 ounce glasses and add two basil leaves shredded with your fingers with 2 tablespoons simple syrup and lightly muddle. Add 4 or 5 ice cubes, top with seltzer (soda water) and squeeze one or two lime wedge. Stir and serve.


You can save the ginger syrup in a container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


Keywords: Beverage, summer, cooling,

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