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Limonada Con Soda


With its lush green mountains, beautiful ancient Mayan ruins, and vibrant street markets filled with tropical fruits, vegetables, and handmade crafts, Guatemala is rich in history and culture including its food.

Many years my husband and I traveled to Guatemala with a team of people helping to build a community village. This would be the first of two trips for me to this beautiful country. Both visits included a stop in the city of Antigua. Known for their cobblestone streets, historical colonial churches, and Spanish Baroque influenced architecture, one of my fondest memories was enjoying a refreshing non-alcoholic drink called limonada con soda with every meal.

Limonada con soda is a thirst-quenching drink made with fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar, and carbonated mineral water. A popular drink in Guatamala, this beverage is a must-drink if you ever visit this gorgeous country.

Fortunately for me, making Limonada con soda at home is not difficult at all and is very enjoyable on a hot summer day – especially in Seattle where it was just under 100 degrees F. outside this past weekend.

Traditionally made with limes, lemons can be substituted, and club soda makes a great substitute for sparking mineral water.

This recipe is not overly sweet and can be easily adapted to your liking. Enjoy!

Limonada Con Soda

A refreshing Guatemalan lime carbonated lime beverage made of fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar, and club soda. A fantastic drink to be enjoyed on a hot day.



  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 24 ounces (2 cans) club soda
  • Optional garnish: lime slices and mint leaves


  1. Heat the lime juice and sugar on medium heat for a few minutes in a saucepan just warming the juice slightly.  Turn off the stove top.
  2. Whisk the juice and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Transfer the juice to a juice pitcher and stir in the club soda.
  4. Fill 6 eight-ounce glasses with ice and pour the limonada con soda into each glass.
  5. Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves.

Yield: 6

Alice-Currah-169x215Alice Currah is the publisher of popular food blog, Savory Sweet Life. Her approachable everyday recipes are accompanied by beautiful step by step photos and have been featured online at Martha Stewart, Real Simple, The Pioneer Woman, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, iVillage and many more. In March 2010, featured Alice as one of “Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers.” You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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