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1 part sweet citrus juice (orange, grapefruit) + 1 part sour citrus juice (lemon, lime) + 2 parts "glowing" syrup + 3 parts club soda


For example...

  • 2-3 oranges
  • 2-4 lemons
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (237 ml) water
  • 30 oz (887 ml) club soda, ideally in very small bottles/cans
  • ice cubs
  • salt

Grate the zest off of all the citrus. Put the water and sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Remove it from the heat, wait for the bubbling to stop, then stir in the zest and small pinch of salt. Let zest steep while you juice the citrus. You want a cup (237 ml) of orange juice and a cup of lemon juice. Strain them both through a sieve into the same container. Strain the syrup into another container and discard the zest. Put enough ice into the hot syrup to give you two total cups (474 ml) of liquid and stir until the ice is mostly melted.

In a serving glass, combine roughly two parts juice, two parts syrup and three parts club soda. This recipe gives you enough for four 12 oz sodas with a little extra of each element so that you can add more of whatever you want. If it's too sweet, add more juice. It's too sour, add more syrup. If it's not bubbly enough, add more club soda.

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