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Lemon lime soda is quick to make homemade, and the freshly squeezed citrus tastes so much better than store bought!

Lemon lime soda
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When it comes to citrus drinks, here’s the thing: 7 Up doesn’t hold a candle to homemade Lemon Lime Soda! We try not to keep cans of soda in our house, but we’re all about craft, homemade sodas from scratch. This sparkling Lemon Lime Soda is incredible: the citrus pop from the fresh squeezed citrus is absolutely incredible. You’ll swear off the store-bought brands immediately.

Ingredients in lemon lime soda

Lemon lime soda is a category that includes canned soda like 7 Up, Sprite, and Sierra Mist, and even more intensely flavored drinks like Mountain Dew. The canned soda versions are intensely sweet and have artificial flavors added.

Ever tried a homemade lemon lime soda? It’s like an entirely new drink: bubbly and zingy, just sweet enough to make the citrus pop. Try it as a party drink, or even you’re trying to soothe an upset stomach (as this drink is sometimes used). It’s also a healthy alternative for pop if you’re making a cocktail or mocktail recipe that calls for it. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Lemon Lime Soda

Carbonated water to use

There are several types of carbonated water you can use to make a lemon lime soda: and the names can get confusing! What you’ll want here is any non-flavored sparkling water. You may see it labeled as one of the following at the store:

  • Sparkling water, aka seltzer, soda water, or carbonated water is water with no additives, carbonated by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2). It’s the base for brands like La Croix, or what comes out of a SodaStream.
  • Sparkling mineral water is water from a natural mineral spring that’s been carbonated. Examples of brands are Perrier or Topo Chico.
  • Club soda is carbonated water infused with added minerals, which give it a salty or lightly sweet flavor. (Club soda is often used for cocktails, mocktails and Italian sodas.)

Make sure to avoid tonic water: it has added flavor from quinine and sugar and is a totally different product. (Use it for a Gin and Tonic instead!)

Drinks that use lemon lime soda

There are several cocktails and soda fountain drinks that use lemon lime soda as a basis for the drink. Use this homemade recipe as a stand-in for the canned stuff, and the drink is even better! Here are a few classic drinks that use lemon lime soda:

Lemon lime soda

More soda recipes

Love making homemade sodas? They’re easy and incredibly tasty! Here are some fun ways to make sparkling drinks at home:

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Lemon Lime Soda

Lemon Lime Soda

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Lemon lime soda is quick to make homemade, and the freshly squeezed citrus tastes so much better than store bought!


  • 1 ounce* lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 ounce lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (or pure maple syrup or agave syrup)
  • 8 ounces soda water (aka club soda)


  1. Pour the lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a glass. Add the soda water and enjoy.


*To convert to ounces, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Soda
  • Cuisine: Soda
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Ray Agudio says:

    I used realemon, realime, and a 1:1 sugar/water simple syrup, and it turned out great. Weighed everything on a kitchen scale to make sure it’s precise.
    I’ll have to try this with my Meyer lemons once they’re ready to be picked.

    1. Brandon Dill says:

      I was thinking Meyer lemons with key limes would be good too. Many possibilities here.

      1. Arthur says:

        It’s good but if you’re using maple syrup it has a very strong maple syrup. I would recommend using less syrup if you’re using maple syrup. Other than that, great recipe.

  2. Dianne Truelove says:

    Great tips. Thanks. Planning to go more natural drinks with the kids.

  3. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!