A cool drink on a hot day doesn’t have to come from a can of carbonated corn syrup or a soda fountain. There has been so much already said about the health benefits of reducing or eliminating carbonated and sugary beverages from our diets that I don’t really feel like I could say more to add to the conversation.
I will simply say this – I have never been a soda drinker. I was raised on water or at the very worst Kool-Aid. The only reason my mom kept a few cans of Sprite or Coke around was for medicinal purposes (settling an upset stomach). I realize though that for some the love of soda is real!
However, I will also say as a young teen I remember going to Warren’s Burger Bar just to order a Grape Lime Rickey. The original Lime Rickey usually consists of soda water or a lemon lime or grape soda with a syrupy flavoring added in. But I didn’t know or care what was in it then. It just tasted good.
So, this Healthy Lime Rickey was a treat for my kids and brought back some good memories for me too.
I’ll show you guys the shortcut version and the slightly more labor intensive, yet healthiest version. Both ways taste great and is a huge step up health wise compared to the original.
5-Minute Grape Lime Rickey
Makes about 1 liter
- 2 cups frozen grapes (Put in the freezer at least 2 hours before)
- 2 cups filtered water
- juice of 1 lime (about 2 tbsp.)
- about 6 ice cubes
- Stevia to taste (liquid or powder)
Combine the frozen grapes, water, lime juice, and ice in a blender. Blend on high for several minutes. Add stevia 1/2 teaspoon at a time – pulse with blender to stir – until the sweetness is to your liking. You can pour the drink through a mesh strainer to collect any grape skins that didn’t get blended. Garnish with a lime and enjoy!
Super Healthy Grape Lime Rickey
- 1 quart kefir water
- 1/4 cup 100% organic grape juice (purple or white)
- 1 lime sliced
- ice for serving
You can purchase Water Kefir Grains (here) or at your local health food store. You may also be able to buy water kefir already made. If you can find it be sure it doesn’t have any added flavor, unless of course it’s grape, then that just made this super healthy drink a lot less labor intensive. If that’s the case you can skip to the end of this post.
How to Make Water Kefir
- 1 cup hot filtered water
- 1/4 cup organic, raw sugar (no honey as it has antibacterial properties and we’re trying to grow some good bacteria – probiotics)
- cool filtered water to fill a quart jar
- Water Kefir Grains
Warm about a cup of filtered water and stir in the sugar until it dissolves (What?! Sugar? Yes, this feeds the bacteria and by the time you drink it the sugar has been eaten up.) Pour it into the quart and finish filling the jar with cool filtered water. Add in the kefir grains. Place a clean dish rag or cheesecloth over the top and wrap a rubber band around it. Place the jar in a dark pantry or on the counter (some place where it won’t be disturbed) and allow it to ferment for 1 – 2 days.
After about 2 days pour in the grape juice and replace the cloth and rubber band and return the jar to it’s spot for another 2-3 days. This will give the drink a grape flavor and a nice “fizzy” effect, just like soda!
Place the jar of grape kefir water in the fridge for a day to stop the fermentation. When you’re ready to serve just pour the grape kefir water into a pitcher, add some slices of lime, and lots of ice. You’ll get that soda effect with tons more health benefits.