See the Recipe. André Baranowski

In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food (Oxford University Press, 1998), author K. T. Achaya says that fresh lime soda was “the supreme quencher of colonial thirst” in India.

Fresh Lime Soda Fresh Lime Soda
This soda was "the supreme quencher of colonial thirst" in India.
Yield: serves 1


  • 2 tbsp. simple syrup (made by first boiling together equal parts sugar and water, then letting it cool)
  • 1 12 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (regular supermarket limes—a k a persian limes—are the best ones to use)
  • 34 cup soda water
  • Lime slice, for serving


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes, then add simple syrup and lime juice. Add soda water. Stir well, then serve garnished with a lime slice, if you like.