all natural citrus seltzer with mint

Natural citrus seltzer is so refreshing on a hot day.  This week, the thermomter has been hitting over 80 degrees fahrenheit in California.   That's very warm considering it's winter here! I grew up drinking coca cola.  As I got older and wiser, I realized that soda was probably not the best for me, but I really liked the fizz of the sparkling water.  When I was in high school, I spent 5 weeks in France as an exchange student and that is where I discovered Orangina. Unlike orange Fanta or other fruit sodas, Orangina actually tasted like an orange, was not too sweet and was very refreshing. When I first experimented with frozen citrus cubes, it reminded me of Orangina.

I used to spend a lot of money on store bought fruit flavored seltzer waters that were natural and low in sugar.  I now make my own soda water with the soda stream.  It is well used, especially during the summer months.  During citrus season, these frozen juice cubes are another citrus "creation" that I make.  There is nothing complicated about juicing fruit and freezing it.  However, how many of you have actually done that? Sometimes I don't think about these easy hacks until someone mentions it and then it is like an epiphany, a real AHA moment!

Tips.

When I have guests over, I offer seltzer water with fruit juice ice cubes as an option and unless they don't like citrus, they usually opt for that choice and love it.  So, if you have citrus trees or oranges are on sale and you want to spruce up your seltzer water, try this healthy natural citrus seltzer.

Citrus fruits for juicing

Juice.

 I juice my citrus fruit with an electric juicer, making sure you strain the pits. Pour the juice into ice-cube trays and freeze them.  Some refrigerators have built-in ice cube makers, but ice cube trays can be purchased from any grocery store.

Citrus juice in ice trays

Citrus juice in ice trays

Frozen Juice cube storage.

Once the juice is frozen in the ice trays,  remove them and place the cubes in freezer bags. 

Frozen juice cubes in freezer bag.

Frozen juice cubes in freezer bag.

Don't flavor your soda water with syrups, but add several iced citrus juice cubes and it is deliciously refreshing.  Let me know what you think in the comment section!

Citrus ice cubes in seltzer water

Citrus ice cubes in seltzer water

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