The first thing that struck me was that the lime was not ‘lime flavouring’. It was just a fresh squeeze of lime and I love that. There was a hint of sweetness but it wasn’t overpowering and I couldn’t see any vanilla seeds in the drink so I was pretty sure that they had used a vanilla syrup. And then it was topped off with ice cubes and some sparkling mineral water. Now sparkling mineral water is carbonated and I’m not a huge fan of anything carbonated. I don’t drink soft drinks at all but I’m thinking of this as a ‘sometimes’ drink until I come up with a better solution.
So I have come home from Bali, with my enormous bundles of vanilla pods, and I set to work creating my very own Vanilla Syrup (recipe below). My vanilla syrup does have vanilla seeds in it because I can’t bear to filter out all of that beautiful flavour and to be honest, I love the rustic look of my Vanilla Lime Soda with the little seeds floating around in it. If you’re going to eat REAL food then why shouldn’t it look REAL, right?
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Filtered Water
- 4 Vanilla Beans (seeds only) (if you find vanilla beans hideously expensive, you can use 2 vanilla beans and 2 tsps of vanilla extract)
Bung them all in a small pot over a medium low heat and bring them up to a gentle simmer.
Reduce the heat to low and continue simmering for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Take the pot off the heat and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Then pour it into a clean jar. If the vanilla seeds are really bugging you, then you could strain the syrup through a fine sieve before pouring it into the jar. The syrup will last approximately 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge. But I doubt you will have much left by that time :). Note You can use this recipe for all sorts of things but my favourite uses are in the Vanilla Lime Soda or in my black coffee.
And then of course, I know you really want to try the Vanilla Lime Soda!
Vanilla Lime Soda
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Syrup (You can use more if you would like more vanillary ....is that a word??)
- 1/2 Fresh Lime (Cut into quarters)
- Sparkling Mineral Water
- Ice Cubes
Pop your ice cubes into the bottom of the glass. I love to use love heart ice cubes (nawwww) and pour my ingredients over the top.
Add the vanilla syrup.
Squeeze the juice out of the lime quarters and throw one of the squeezed lime quarters into the glass.
Pour over the sparkling mineral water, add a bamboo straw (if you have one) and start slurping ....Heaven!!
I have since made a fermented version of the Vanilla Lime Soda! It was beautiful ...slightly different in flavour ....but beautiful. I teach this recipe in my Summer Soda Workshop that I will be running with Raw Kinetics this year. It's a one off! So don't miss out. Join the Raw Kinetics Mailing List so you hear about it first.