Meyer Lemon and Star Anise Soda

This easy homemade soda combines the wintry flavors of Meyer lemon and star anise for a delicious seasonal sipper.


1 qt. water
4 oz. granulated sugar
Lemon peel from 2 Meyer lemons, including pith, diced
5 toasted star anise pods, crumbled
1 oz. strained Meyer lemon juice
Ice cubes
Tools: saucepan, soda siphon and charger (or use bottles of Fever Tree club soda)
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon twist or wedge

Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, diced lemon peel and crumbled star anise. Allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain syrup, add Meyer lemon juice and refrigerate until cold. Pour into charged soda siphon, dispense into ice-filled glasses and garnish. If you don’t have a soda siphon, combine 1 oz. of the strained syrup with 1/4 oz. of Meyer lemon juice and 4 oz. of club soda.


Makes 4 servings.

Adam Bernbach, Estadio and Proof, Washington, DC




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