Sparkling Sumac Lemonade Recipe

Photograph: Yossy Arefi

We have to hand it to the American Indians, using sumac in drinks is incredibly thirst quenching, perhaps due to its dry refreshing character, like a good white wine. Here is a modern take on "sumac-ade" to make a fun soda.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 8 to 9 drinks

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For the Sumac Syrup:

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3 tablespoons ground sumac

For the Soda:

  • 1 cup club soda or seltzer

  • 1/4 cup sumac syrup

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon, plus 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. For the Sumac Syrup: Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. All to cool to room temperature. Add sumac, stir to combine, and allow to infuse for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Sumac syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  2. For the Soda: For each serving, combine 1 cup club soda, 1/4 cup sumac syrup, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a cup. Add ice and stir. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
183 Calories
0g Fat
47g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 9
Amount per serving
Calories 183
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)