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Homemade Ginger-Cardamom Soda With Lime

Although this recipe for Ginger Soda makes a fine quaff, I'd like to urge you to think of it as a template for creating other non-alcoholic drinks for party guests. The basic idea is simple: you create a flavored syrup, blend in juice or juices (the fresher the better), and top with something sparkling.

You can go in many directions with this template, so feel free to be creative, and certainly go big on seasonally-appropriate fruits. You can, for example, lightly crush berries and blend them with sugar and water to make a berry-flavored syrup. Add fresh basil to peach puree to spice up a non-alcohol Bellini! A lot of options await you and will delight your guests.

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