As a child growing up in Atlanta, my dad would get his haircut at the barber shop and then stop by the soda fountain on the corner for a cool drink. The soda fountains back then were all independently owned, and had five to ten stools for their customers. Of course they all served Coca-Cola, but my dad’s drink of choice was the Lime Sour. The soda jerk would squeeze a whole lime into a metal lime juicer, pour it over shaved ice, top it with soda water and pass the salt shaker to the customer. At the time, the soda fountain was the only place to get soda water so it was a unique experience.
Years later, when the soda fountain was long gone and you could buy club soda at the store, my dad started making his own lime sours at home. To him, they were the perfect way to hydrate after a long run or to cool off on a hot day. When I finally tried one, I was hooked! Every friend I’ve shared the drink with since has been in love, so I thought I would share it with you along with a couple of variations. I hope you have a gorgeous — and hot! — September! • Jennifer Little
- • 1 bottle of club soda
- • 1 lime
- • 1 lemon
- • 1 grapefruit
- • Sea salt
- • Ice
Fill your glass of choice with ice — the bigger the better! Squeeze the whole lime, lemon or grapefruit over the ice. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. I use a generous amount of sea salt, which amounts to about five to seven shakes depending on the size of the glass. Finish the drink by topping it off with club soda.
My kids love these drinks with just a dash of salt, but I have to say they make for a great mocktail, too. Enjoy!
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