A Refreshing Lemon-Ginger Soda To Cool You Off

Summer in Chicago means a few things: patios, beaches and hot, muggy weather. I feel like I’m constantly searching for the next refreshing drink to cool me down, and let me relax outside for a bit longer. I came up with this recipe on a whim with ingredients I had laying around the house, and it was so good I had to share it. I’ve literally been drinking it every single day. While it’s non-alcoholic, if you add a bit of vodka or even gin, it would work fantastic as a cocktail!

Ginger-Lemon Mocktail-5



Lemon-Ginger Soda

2oz. Lemon-Ginger Syrup (see recipe below)
3oz. Ginger Kombucha
splash of sparkling water
juice from 1/4 of a lemon

Mix the syrup, kombucha and lemon juice together over ice. Top with sparkling water! Yes, it’s that easy.


Lemon-Ginger Syrup

1/4c. dried lavender
3/4c. honey
1in. piece of ginger, peeled and diced
3c. water
Juice of 1 lemon

Add everything but the lemon juice to a pot and bring up to a boil. As soon as the edges start to boil, turn heat down and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the syrup off of the heat and let sit, covered, for another 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup and add the lemon juice.


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