One of my favorite things about summer time is making a boozy concoction with whatever I happen to have in my kitchen. BRING ON THE WHAT’S IN MY FRIDGE CHALLENGE. 1 in 5 of these creations inevitably end up tasting like cough syrup, but hey, I tried.
This strawberry lime beauty is one of the best (and easiest!) things I’ve whipped up yet, so I had to share. It screams of summer (did you read strawberry and lime?) and it’s crazy refreshing. Not to mention you get to make your own simple syrup, and nothing feels fancier than that.
Have you made your own simple syrup before? Don’t fret! It’s super easy. Equal parts water and sugar + whatever flavoring you want and you’re on your way. For this cocktail, we’re making strawberry simple syrup. Keep it in your fridge and use it for cocktails, on ice cream, or even on pancakes. I’m for real here.
I’m using rum in this strawberry lime cocktail, but you could use vodka if that’s your preference. I understand that cocktail snobs are glaring at me right now and I’m okay with that. I just want you to do you.
Okay, so liquor of choice, strawberry syrup… where’s the lime in this boozy strawberry lime soda, you’re asking?
Every millennial’s favorite: Lime LaCroix! Not sponsored, so use whatever lime-flavored sparkling water suits your fancy. When LaCroix comes back and offers me cash, I’ll edit this post. Hot tip: buy your grocery store’s store brand sparkling water. It’s way cheaper and tastes the same. LaCroix will def not offer cash now. I also add a dash of lime bitters – my favorite are the Lime Coriander Bitters from The Bitter Housewife.
Hit this drink with a squeeze of fresh lime, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail, friends. I told you it’s easy.
Boozy Strawberry Lime Soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup strawberries, tops removed and sliced into quarters
- 4 oz of rum
- 1 can of lime LaCroix, or other lime-flavored sparkling water
- 2 limes
- A few dashes of Lime Coriander Bitters
- In a small saucepan over low heat, combine water, sugar, and strawberries. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until strawberries are soft.
- Strain simple syrup into a bowl and discard strawberries (or save them to put on your oatmeal, pancakes, etc.!). Once no longer hot, pour into a jar and keep in the fridge.
- To assemble the cocktail, fill two pint glasses with ice all the way to the top.
- Pour two ounces of rum into each glass, followed by 1 ounce of strawberry simple syrup into each and the juice of one lime into each. Fill to the top with Lime LaCroix and stir with a straw to combine.
- Garnish glasses with extra strawberries and sliced limes if desired.