Sunday, July 19, 2009

Yoda Soda!

So tonight was movie theme night in our house and we had Yoda Soda for dessert. This frothy drink was very refreshing and comes from one of three Star Wars cookbooks we own, the original one of the series titled The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis. This cookbook series is aimed mainly at children but since my husband is such a big Star Wars fan, I had to get these books for him. This is actually the first recipe we've tried out of the books and we've had them on the shelves for several years now, so it's a good thing I'm doing this year-long cookbook recipe roundup and finally put them to use! Here's a link to the book on Amazon for anyone interested:

This recipe is in the beverages section of the book along with drinks like Hoth Chocolate and Jawa Jive Milkshakes (which we'll have to try later!). We had a lot of fun making this one. Here is the recipe:

The Recipe:

Yoda Soda

  • 3 limes
  • 3 tbsp sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 1 scoop lime sherbet or sorbet
1. Place 1 lime on the cutting board and cut it in half. Squeeze the juice from each half into a measuring cup. Repeat with the remaining limes until you have 1/4 cup of juice.
2. Put the lime juice and 3 tbsp sugar in a small pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Add the sparkling water and stir until mixed. Taste and add more sugar, if desired.
3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up the sherbet and drop it into a tall glass. Pour in the lime water. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving.

Variation: You can substitute rainbow sherbet or lemon sorbet for the lime sherbet.

My results:

Ok, here are the ingredients before I started working on the drinks. You can see the book in the background there with the Yoda figurine from our childhood :)

I'm guessing that the testers of this recipe either used smaller limes or their limes weren't very juicy because my three limes yielded 1/2 cup of juice which was perfect for two drinks which I had planned to make. There are a couple of tricks to getting the most juice out of limes. The first one is for rock hard limes and that is to prick the lime a couple of times with the point of a sharp knife then pop it, whole, into the microwave for 10-15 seconds. This warms up the lime and starts the juices flowing. The second trick works with hard or softer limes and that is simply to roll the limes on your cutting board before cutting them. This breaks down the cell walls inside the lime and allows for easier juicing.

Anyway, with 1/2 cup of juice from my 3 limes, I added 6 tbsp of sugar and stirred to combine. Then poured in two cups of sparkling water and made sure the sugar was throughly dissolved. I then took two very tall glasses and plopped in two scoops of lime sherbet and the poured the lime juice mixture over top. Stirred up a little bit and it was like a lime float.

YUMMY! It was very refreshing and not overly sweet but sweet enough that even my little daughter loved the couple of sips she got from my straw (after noticing the fun looking green fizzy thing that Mommy was drinking...)

This is definitely something we'll do again! I loved the twist on a traditional float and it was very twangy and perfect for a hot summer night. I'd highly recommend this one, especially for the kid in all of us! Be sure and come back tomorrow when I'll be making another treat from my cookbook library and let me know if you decide to give this or any of the other recipes a try...

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