Introduction: Candied Citrus Pop
Its a refreshing drink on a hot summer day! and a new take on lemonade. The sweet candied citrus fruit enhance and sweeten soda. Plus you can eat the whole fruit including its rind, as the fruit will soak up the sugar syrup and stop the bitter flavor.
Its an easy drink to make for any party or get together with kids and adults alike.
Put your own spin on it as well! for adults, perhaps you might wanna try adding your favorite alcohol for a refreshing and slightly tipsy summer afternoon. And for kids, feel free to add different kinds of juice inside or even ice cream (if you're feeling creative).
Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- Large pot
- Slotted Spoon or a regular one will do just fine
- Cutting board
- Can(s) of sprite soda - depending on how much you want to make (can use any soda you like)
Step 2: Boiling the Fruit and Slicing
- In your large pot, fill it with water till its about 1/3's full.
- Bring it to a simmer over medium heat
- Once simmering, with your slotted spoon/regular spoon, lower the fruit into the water and simmer for about 2 minutes
- Push the fruit around in the water so all sides are heated through
- Once the 2 minutes are up, with your spoon, hold each of the fruit under cold running water (this will stop the cooking of the fruit)
Cut the fruit into slices with a knife
I know boiling fruit sounds a little weird but don't skip this step, this small step helps to remove some of the bitter flavor of the rind and lets the sugar syrup soak in a bit more.
Step 3: Soaking in the Sugar
- Arrange your fruit slices in the pot (Try to put the orange slices closer to the bottom since they're thicker and need to soak up more syrup)
- Add in the 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water
- Put the stove on medium heat till you see a simmer, then lower it to low heat and add the lid
- Leave it simmering on low for 30 minutes
- Then turn off the heat and let the fruit cool down in the sugar syrup for an additional 15-20 minutes
- Take the fruit out onto a plate and save any sugar syrup that's left
Step 4: (Super Optional) Customizing Ice Cubes
It's a step entirely optional to you, but for an additional aesthetic feel, add more flavors and colors to your ice cubes for a more aesthetically pleasing drink.
For mine, I added some dried tea leaves that I had, which included: Dried rose petals, lemon balm, fennel and cardamom.
Some ideas you could add to your ice cubes would be: Lemon zest, orange zest, lime zest, food coloring, etc.
Step 5: Put Everything in a Pretty Glass and Serve
- Add in the candied fruit slices and ice cubes
- Spoon in however much sugar syrup you want (the more you put, the sweeter)
- Add in the can of sprite soda or your favorite soda and enjoy!