Today I’m going to show you how I made my own Lime Ricky and Snow Cone Syrup. It takes about five minutes to make, and is perfect if you can’t find any flavored syrup at the store. It’s also really cheap to make. This syrup is great in Lime Ricky’s, or perfect to keep on hand for those hot summer days when the only thing to fix a tantrum (sometimes it’s MY tantrum) is a freezing cold snow cone.
I know what you’re thinking… there’s got to be a back story, right? Right. Brace yourselves, my friends, this is a blast from the past.
For seven years, in high school, college, and as a newlywed, I worked at my uncle’s hoppin’ fast food restaurant. Honestly, it was my most favorite job I’ve ever had. Summer was our busiest time of year because besides the awesome burgers, we had amazing shakes and drinks. With pebble ice (mmmm).
So fast forward to today, and the time of family parties galore. Sometimes I get assigned to bring drinks to our parties. So I usually grab a few 2 liters of soda pop and a box of capri suns and call it good. Except I always want to impress people with what I bring to parties, and that’s hard to do with drinks. Especially if your keeping it alcohol-free.
And then I remember that I am actually a little more qualified in the drink department than I give myself credit for. Working at the Burger Bar, the most popular drink was always the Lime Ricky or the Cherry Lime. I’ve made thousands of Lime Ricky’s over the years, and I like to think I’m pretty darn good at it too.
So, the other day, I was assigned to take drinks to my niece’s birthday party. And the lightbulb turned on… I had limes and sprite, but I needed some cherry and grape syrup to mix in. I could have totally use snow cone syrup if I had it, but I didn’t. And after visiting 3 grocery stores, I realized it’s a little harder to find than you might think.
So, I decided to make my own grape and cherry syrup.
And now you get to benefit from my lightbulb moment. Enjoy.
You’ll need a couple packages of Kool-Aid, some sugar, corn syrup, and water.
Mix together 1 package Kool-Aid, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, and 1 cup water together in a saucepan. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Store in a mason jar, in the fridge.
To make your lime ricky or cherry lime, just quarter your limes and squeeze a couple into some sprite and add your cherry or grape syrup.
This is such a refreshing drink, and perfect for kids and adults. It’s also a crowd-pleaser. It looks a lot fancier than it is, and it’s sure to impress!
Have a different assignment besides drinks? Make sure to check out these other of my favorite things to take to parties:
And, for your viewing pleasure, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives did a little segment about my beloved Burger Bar…