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Thai Fresh Lime Soda

Thai Fresh Lime Soda

- By Jane Buck

This refreshing non-alcoholic drink is great to have on hand in the fridge. I spent every other weekend for 3 years in Bangkok, where it was too hot & humid to have a glass of wine with lunch. As I’m not a fan of beer and iced tea in Thailand is usually only available sweetened, I learned to love a tall glass of fresh lime soda. There is probably a “real” way to make it, but this is my down-and-dirty easy-peasy variation on a theme, and it really does the trick on hot

Valencia days!


For the drink:

  • One whole fresh lime, cut in 6 wedges*

  • Juice of two fresh limes* *Kaffir limes are best, but they are hard to find. No worries – just substitute regular limes from the grocery store.

  • 3 or 4 kaffir lime leaves if you aren’t using kaffir limes (Jane Buck has a lifetime supply of kaffir leaves and is happy

to give you some)

  • 2 litres plain soda water (preferably without salt if you can find it – but it doesn’t really matter)

  • One large empty wide-mouth pitcher or jar.

  • Ice cubes

For the simple syrup to serve alongside:

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup sugar


  1. Put the lime juice, cut lime, and (if you’re using them) the kaffir leaves into your pitcher or jar.

  2. Add ice and soda water to fill. Transfer to the refrigerator.

  3. Combine the water & sugar in a small saucepan, mix well, bring to a boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Chill and serve alongside the lime soda for people who prefer a sweeter drink.

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