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.
- 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
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.
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.